When someone talks about school, they almost always take about elementary school, then middle school, then on up to high school and without skipping a beat, mentioning college. As I read Pharinet’s article in our textbook titled, “Is College for Everyone?” I found out that in reality, college is not completely necessary or really even appropriate for everyone. College is a daunting task in and of itself. It is at least a four year commitment to the rest of your life. For many it is unnecessary due to the fact that there are people who do not need a four year degree to do what they want to and to be successful. For example, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both dropped out of school and ended up being some of the most successful men in the history of the United States.
College really is aimed at the students who know what they want to do after school, and to challenge them in difficult classes pertaining to their major. It is sad to see the kids that go to college, that just do not belong there. They are either there because their parents are making them, or because they feel like that is just the next step in life, yet really don’t want to be there, or do not know why they are even there at all. As Pharinet says, “There are too many students enrolled in school who simply don’t belong there.” That statement by the author really hits the nail on the head. There are countless amounts of people that lack a college degree that are mighty successful in their own right.
With the way today’s society is set up, almost every high school graduate feels the pressure to go to college, get a degree and do what that degree pertains to for the rest of their life, but in reality, that sequence of life in not for everyone. Yes everyone is entitled to their education, but you do not need college to live a happy successful life.