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.