Paths to Education: A Comparative Analysis

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Paths to Education There are numerous ways in which one can go about pursuing a collegiate education. Typically the first step towards formal, postsecondary education is the earning of a bachelor's degree. Due to advances in technology and the changing of the times, students now have a few options when it comes to completing their undergraduate education. The two most popular of these include attending a traditional four year university immediately out of high school, or enrolling in a junior or community college and earning an associate's degree prior to transferring to a conventional four year university. After comparing and contrasting the similarities and the differences between each of these options, it becomes clear that it is more beneficial for students to transfer to a four-year college after first procuring an associate's degree from a junior college. The similarities between both of these options include the fact that each will result in a student obtaining his or her bachelor's degree, in the same amount of time. Furthermore, the vast majority of students enrolled in conventional colleges spend the first two years of their collegiate careers fulfilling their general education requirements. In most cases, these requirements are fairly identical to those who are enrolled in a local community college earning an associate's degree. Moreover, in cases where there are students who choose to take some of their classes of specialization in their particular area of
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