Is College Really Worth it?

A crowd of college students at the 2007 Pittsb...

A crowd of college students at the 2007 Pittsburgh University Commencement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

College is a very difficult time in most peoples life. For most people, you go straight from high school to college with no room in between to breathe. For most people, that’s fine. But, as Charles Murray mentions in his article “What’s Wrong With Vocational School?”, there are those who simply aren’t smart enough for college. While this may be true in some cases, I believe that college is a very important time period of a young adults life that shouldn’t be missed.

College is supposed to be this magical thing. You can finally go live without your parents supervision. You finally get that freedom you were looking for throughout all of high school and you get to do with other people like you. You get to finally narrow down what you love to do in your life and you can now pursue it as far as you would like to go. However, if don’t you have the skill or desire to go do any post-undergraduate work, there are definite shortfalls for some majors. In certain majors, you just simply can do anything with only an undergrad. The market is becoming too flooded with college grads with not enough jobs for those graduates to fill, so employers now have the option to go past the undergrads and focus on those who have done graduate work. This simple fact can turn your, at times, hundred thousand dollar diploma into a worthless piece of paper. Even if this is true, I still believe that it would have been worth it.

Getting a college degree doesn’t just mean that you can handle the subject matter in that one area, but it shows that you are dedicated enough and smart enough to complete the curriculum. Which not everyone can do. This alone puts you in front of many people in the job search, even if it’s not in the area that you intended. Now that so many people have college degrees, it forces you to learn more than just what the program required you to do. You have to learn to set yourself apart from every single person in the very classes you helped each other get through. You can no longer just get a degree and have people waiting to hand you a job when you graduate. You are now forced to learn a lot more about the job market a lot earlier than you used to. You now must apply everything you’ve learned in those classes to real life in order to show that you are worthy of that job.

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2 thoughts on “Is College Really Worth it?

  1. I definitely agree with your comment about how college is something that is very important, and missing out on it would deprive someone from an important life experience. Unfortunately, college is not for everyone and that comes from a lot of different factors. Some people who simply can’t afford it, well that’s understandable. However, what really bugs me are those people who go to college and slack off. The money that’s required for most universities tuition nowadays has skyrocketed. Personally, my parents thought that I was paid off for college, and now my unexpected $120,000 tuition for 4 years has made them think otherwise. I just think it’s really selfish for kids to go to college and waste away the money that most likely their parents are paying for. Also, I agree with what you said about how just completing college puts you above others. The competition in college has made an average C seem like an F, when really that’s just not the way it should be. College curriculum is already hard to begin with and anyone who can graduate should be considered for most jobs.

  2. Having written about his for the group essay assignment, I originally thought that I knew where my allegiances lie in respect to the authors argument. It seemed so set that Murray was wrong in his article in saying that less students overall should go to college, but after having had time to reevaluate his argument and see it for what it really is, I have to say, my views have changed. I do agree, now, that regardless of whether or not going to college is right for everyone, it is more of a journey of self-discovery and learning in which a student has the ability to change their major and, thus, their prospective career. It is a cultural phenomenon. I believe that you and I really see eye to eye (or post to comment) on this discussion in that we don’t think that young adults should have the opportunity to discover and decide what they really want taken away from them. All good, valid, points.

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