Is College For Everyone?

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According to Pharinet, “not every person should attend college”. I definitely agree with this, but only to a certain extent. Indeed, college is not for everyone. Some people simply have no desire to go to college. The majority of these people I feel, are the ones who choose not to go to college and just stay home. In this case, that unfortunate decision likely will make them unsuccessful. When the time comes to decide on whether or not to go to college, people are considered adults. As an adult, you are free to make your own decisions, so choosing not to go to college and the possible consequences that come with it will be on your hands.

However, certain factors that can keep someone from going to college are understandable. Some people merely cannot afford college. Universities are raising their tuition rates every year, making it harder for some lower income students to even apply. Although, I feel that having an issue with money shouldn’t be an excuse to not work towards getting an education. Many schools offer thousands of dollars in financial aid and scholarships, which provide many opportunities for students struggling financially.

I don’t agree with Pharinet’s comment criticizing that “now, college is a place you go when you want to get a good job, or appease your parents, or because you are ‘finding yourself’”. In today’s society, most high paying and successful jobs require 4 year college degrees, and schooling beyond undergraduate. Even if college was once “a place you went when you wished to learn” (Pharinet), nowadays if people want a good job in the future, regardless of if they like school; they will need a college degree. It’s just the reality of it. It’s just evidently more likely for someone to become successful in this world with a college degree, than without one. Sure, some people say “well Bill Gates and Steve Jobs dropped out of college, so I can be just as successful without school too” but honestly, think about how many “Bill Gates” and “Steve Jobs” there are in this world. And their reasons for dropping out were not just because they hated school; they were already making money and successful beforehand. The number of successful people with higher education completely outnumbers those who gained success without it.   

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2 thoughts on “Is College For Everyone?

  1. I really like this topic because it’s a growing issue that has become a problem for the younger generation. I agree with this blog and think you made some very strong points. In today’s world it is so important to not only go to college, but to also get a high GPA to stay competitive in today’s world. College has almost turned into another high school because so many people are getting into college and getting financial aid. This use to not be the case ten years ago and made going to college much more difficult. I’ve been told by many professors and companies that staying two more years in college and getting a master’s degree is not a bad idea. With so many students going to college and getting there bachelors degree, the degree is losing its value. Bottom line I really liked this blog and thought it was a great topic to write on.

  2. I completely agree with you in the fact that in order to get a high paying job, you will need to go to college. The way the job market is right now, it is extremely difficult to get started without a college degree. That being said, it is not impossible and that;s not what everybody wants for their life. We are making all of these arguments on the basis that when you graduate from high school, everyone wants to be a multi-billionaire. While that is where many people would like to end up, it is not the end all be all goal. I have a good friend who, when he graduated high school 4 years ago, decided that he didn’t want to have anything to do with the hustle and bustle of the typical American life. He moved down to the Bahamas after 2 years of working a low paying job and he now lives down there as a bartender. He will in no way become insanely wealthy doing that but, for the time being, he loves doing it. And that’s what this is all about. There are people who love to do things that won’t make them money and there are those that are perfectly fine with that. Now assuming that you aren’t one of those people, if you want to hedge your bets, then I say yes, you should go to college. There are those who can make it big without schooling but now, in such a competitive world, it is extremely difficult. So I don’t believe that college is for everybody, but if you want to give yourself the best chance to be wealthy/be in the middle class, college may be your best bet.

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