Persuasive Essay

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Fatemah Karim Ms. Meyer AP English 11 February 22, 2013 Is it really worth going to college, owing hundreds of dollars in order to get a degree in a profession to become successful and experienced in the real world? Today, as tuition costs increase students are questioning whether college is fit for them or not. For one, college can be really expensive, for example at the University of Minnesota for an undergraduate during the academic year of 2011-2012, the cost for one credit was $448.08 and $5,825 for a total of thirteen or more credits (“Undergraduate tuition”). A high school graduate that does not have a job may not necessarily have money so the only way to pay would be to take out loans and apply for financial aid. So is it not…show more content…
For example, look at Bill Gates, one of the most successful billionaires in the world. He was a high school dropout and did not even make it to college but is making billions of dollars today. Paul Schmitz who is the CEO of Allies and an author, made quite a similar statement in CNN special, “We all know the story of Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College. Since the days of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, many business leaders got their starts without the benefit of degrees, including Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook, Michael Dell of Dell computers, Brian of Best Buy and Anna Wintour of Vogue” (Schmitz). There are many more people that are high school and college dropouts that are benefitting and creating a difference in the world that may not have a college degree. So it is still entirely possible to become successful without receiving a college degree because all college does furthers your understandings of other subjects that will benefit in achieving a degree in a specific profession. The opposing side believes that it is worth going to college despite the cost of tuition because by the receiving higher education it will guarantee getting better jobs than people who don’t have any college education. It is refuted by Anthony Carnevale, director of the Global Institute on Education and the Economy at Georgetown University that “jobs
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