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.