When it comes to college, it is becoming increasingly clear that a college degree alone does not guarantee a job. As a college student, I see many students doing the bare minimum amount of work to pass a course due to the belief that a degree will get them a job upon graduation. The problem with this philosophy is that college is becoming a goal for more and more high school students and going to college after high school is becoming the norm. This increase in students means greater competition upon graduation and so achieving the bare minimum for graduation no longer suffices. The students involved in extracurricular activities and the ones that pull off the best grade point averages (GPA) are the ones most likely to succeed, but even …show more content…
The point of a class is to teach skills that can be used in future classes or translated into everyday life. As a professor of mine once told me, he has the most respect for students who take notes in class and then review them for about ten minutes later that day to make sure they understand them and do not have any questions because those are the students who only have to review for a short while before a test since they have already learned the material. In this lies my first piece of advice. Take the time to do the readings assigned and really work through them to ensure the material is understood. Underline and write ideas in the margins of textbooks, take clear and concise notes, and do practice problems because these activities result in enormous benefits. Personally, I have read through material only to have to reread it because I realized I could not remember or understand what I had read. This is only a waste of time and it does not help get one through a course. Additionally, I was able to give the piece of advice from my professor because I have taken the time to get to know my professors. The beauty of a small school is that a student can talk to a professor individually. Even if it is just a regular conversation, taking the time to get to know professors shows that a student is interested in learning and it makes it easier to receive attention outside of
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When it comes to the topic of attaining a college degree, most will readily agree that it is essential to securing a successful career post-graduation. Whereas some are convinced that a college degree does not guarantee entry into a career in one 's field of study nor does it determine success in one 's career, others maintain that a higher education is, in fact, the way to job security and financial success. What comes into question is whether the investment in a college education is truly worth it or not in order to accomplish a student 's goals of success. I think it could be said for most prospective college students that the reason for going to college is to gain the credentials required for most jobs today. What many of those potential students may not realize is the substantial percentage of graduates who do not acquire a job related to their majors, how much debt they will incur, and just how many students don 't graduate at all for reasons such as an overwhelming workload and a poor work/ life balance.
As technology evolves and the price of higher education increases, alternatives to College are considered. Some people don’t believe a college education is necessary to be successful. Instead, they decide to go into business for themselves, using the skills and crafts that they 've developed on their own time to become entrepreneurs. In this day and age, it is easier than ever to learn from the comfort of ones home and actually get a degree in something with a high pay out, such as a real estate license or accounting degrees. But what social skills will be gained from sitting in pajamas on the couch? In college, you not only finish with a degree, you get real world experience. College is necessary for success and survival.
Attending college has become the societal and educational norm in this day and age. We high school students feel a tremendous pressure to work for a college degree in order to be successful. College is a very important stepping stone between childhood and an entrance into the workforce. While many studies indicate that obtaining a college degree leads to higher wage jobs, more recent studies disagree. This is extremely concerning as a prospective college student in the dawn of my application process. Not only is it terrifying to think that a well-earned college degree is unnecessary for a future job, but it is incredibly frustrating. After years of hard work just to simply get into college, it might lead
Great emphasis is placed on obtaining a a degree from a higher university. When you go to apply for jobs nowadays, you need an associates or a bachelors just to get your foot in the door unlike how the job world once was years ago. As a student currently enrolled at a traditional 4 year university, I knew that this was where I needed to be in High school in order have the fighting opportunity in my dream career. A lot of students are told that in order to receive a fat check in their career, you need a college degree, so then they push students in high school to take the SAT and ACT, and to focus maintaining a high GPA so that the door to a seat at a top university can be filled by them. With that being said, I’ve come to the realization that not everyone is set-up to have the opportunity to achieve these goals.
As Andrea Caumont in her research “6 Key Finding about Going to College,” clarifies, “College grades are more satisfied with their jobs.” In college, especially in these days, students who finished their studying in college are finding “themselves on a career path, rather than just working at a job to get them by” (Caumont). From this point, students who are doing well in college life, and who are responsible for themselves in organizing their time, their work, and their life, are successful. Also, from the charts that are in Caumont’s article; 73% of people who got their two years’ degree from colleges have found a career with it, and 43% of them have
These days it's hard to find a good paying career without at least an associate's degree. This leads many people to college. People are different, and although they all came with the same goal they pursue it differently. College students can be organized into these three groups slackers, average students, and the overachievers.
Mastering your note taking skills, doing all assignments, and most importantly coming to the lectures will lead to the student passing the class. While we may all not pass with flying colors doing these simple steps can assist in having a successful as well as enjoyable class experience. How incredible is it to learn something new? To be introduced to a way of thinking about the topic from a different perspective. While it may be a cliché thing to say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat” and this in my opinion is how any student should approach a class no matter how much they may feel they already
Today, in 2015, I would argue that the typical average college student’s reason for being in college is to get a decent job that will yield to an adequate income. Money has an extremely high standing for many people in today’s society. The desire for a well-paying job paired with our well-advanced technologies have contributed to the industry’s need for specialized workers. The competition in the job market is often times overwhelming, which forces students to focus on their field of study as best as possible in order to become the well-trained specialist a company is looking for. In addition to specialization in the professional environment, I have experienced that many people put a great effort in conforming to society’s social norms and
College is supposed to result in a good job. Today many student graduate without having the job skills they need to get a job. Employers are increasing what they want from new graduates and colleges haven’t caught up. Fifty-eight percent of employers in a survey by AAC&U and Hart Research associates say improvements are need for students to have success in entry level jobs. Employers aren’t putting money into training, colleges aren’t keeping up with what is needed and student’s don’t always do everything they can to get the knowledge they need.
Beginning at an early age, children who are encouraged academically by their parents, educators, and coaches will grow up with the realization that a thorough education will provide for them—financially and professionally—in the future. One of the first things that we are taught is that if we graduate with a degree from college, then we will have a better job and more opportunities in the future. There are many instances where this rings true. According to Brookings Institution publication “an individual with a college degree is nearly nine times more likely to make over $100,000 than someone with only a high school diploma and 13 times more likely to make more
Three reasons I have made getting a college degree one of my goals in life are to be the first generation to go to college, to further my education, and to have something positive going for me. In my first paragraph I'm going to talk about being the first in my generation to go to college and inspire my family members who will come after me. In my second paragraph I will be talking about going to college to further my education and make something of myself. In my last paragraph I will be talking about the positive things I hope to accomplish.
Introduction: My goal is to pick a career that I like to do and that will make me go far in life. I desire to do something that deals with sports, watching sports games and meeting people to help them get better at whatever sport(s) they are playing. I plan to achieve this goal by working hard inside and outside of goal. I will work hard and do anything to help me be what I want to be. Survey Results: Based on the career clusters I filled out, my top result was Marketing, my second was Business Management and Administrations, and my third was Finance.
Attending college for the first time is an important, rewarding decision that I made for a good reason. I learned a lot about myself that will help me in my future. Setting goals, having expectations, and reflecting why I am in college is incredible to think about.
Getting a college education is not an easy task. Having to balance extensive course loads, study hours, and extracurricular activities, and still have time to have fun and relax is pretty hard. College is even harder when students have to work a job to support themselves and sometimes even their families. That added pressure of having to worry about money and bills as well as the time commitment that working takes is a lot for a student who just months earlier was living at home with his or her parents. As someone who has to work while in college I understand that working while in college could have a very big effect on a student’s grade point average, or what is the most commonly used indicator of academic success while in college.
Upon coming to college I knew it would be different and harder than high school, but I did not realize exactly what those differences were. My goal entering college was to start the first year strong; that means getting good grades and finding a major. The first semester was challenging, the biggest challenge was probably realizing how difficult the classes were, and college is all about the academics. I must admit that the second semester of my freshman year was much better. During the start, I knew I needed to change my study habits. I remembered telling my counselor I was taking general psychology, and she said the course can be challenging at times, and I need to study well. She was right, this course can be and is difficult. General psychology has been the most interesting course I have taken so far, the second I looked at the textbook, reading the table of content I knew I was going to like it. Because of this course, I learned time management, good study habits, and dealing stress.