Who Needs College?

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Who Needs College?

  1. I agree that college is not for everyone. My brother didn’t think that college was for him, so instead he joined the army, and he feels that he is more successful now than he would have been if he had gone to college. I also think it is wrong for parents to force their kids to go to college. I mean if they are forcing them to do something they don’t want to do, then what makes them think that their child will even succeed in college? It’s a waste of money on their part. By the time people get to college, they are adults making their own adult decisions. If someone chooses to not go to college and slacks off, then they will suffer the consequences later in life. That’s their fault. A lot of people do try to throw out the “well Bill Gates and Steve Jobs dropped out of college” comment, but let’s be real here…its Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The majority of people, who have the mindset that they can become successful without going to college, usually don’t. There are very few “Bill Gates” in this world, and if anything, going to college definitely makes someone more likely to end up as successful as that.

  2. I agree with you on that college is not for everyone. College is very hard and time consuming, which some people cannot handle the workload that is practically forced upon you. Majority of the time students have absolutely no clue as to what they want to be when they grow up, like you said most of them only go off to college because that’s what they think they’re suppose to do(their next step in life) or their family(parents) is forcing them to go. I think that if people realize that they are not meant to be in college or that they do not want to go to college, then they need to find a different plan that will help them succeed. Once they figure out that plan they just need to pursue and not care what their parents say because it is their life. However, your comment on the way our society is today and how it pressures high school students into thinking that they have to go to college to be successful, I agree that yes our society does tend to do that. I think that the reason our society is pressuring them is because more and more jobs are requiring degrees in order to have a job at that company or it is the only way to make a decent amount of money to be financially stable in this world. Overall, you made some really great points!

  3. I appreciated your post and thought you made some really strong points! I like the way you incorporated examples like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates into your argument that college is not for everyone. I would have to agree with you. I attended a private, college-prep school, where 99% of graduates attend college. It was never even a thought for me; my parents and teachers had engrained in my that college was the next step to a successful life. There was only one kid in my class who chose not to go to college. He was a talented songwriter and musician and wanted to pursue those as a career. His parents lost it. It took them months before they finally accepted his decision. A few months after graduation, he had an EP on iTunes. College is certainly not for everyone. Why would you pay, in some cases thousands of dollars, to spend four years of your life in absolute misery? I would advocate that, when in doubt, college is the best alternative, but only if the person has absolutely no idea of the direction they want their life to take. Better community college than McDonalds. But, if a person has an idea of what they want to do in their future, they should research the profession and make the decision for themselves about whether or not college is right for them.

  4. I agree with what you’ve said about the choice of going to college. Today there is a large pressure on people to go to college in order to be successful. Due to the higher level of competition, it is no longer possible to drop out, spend a few years as a ski bum, and then expect to buckle down and get a high paying job. The best jobs in today’s market require a degree and a well thought out plan in life. Many people underestimate the value of a college while some put too much emphasis. Although it definitely is important it is not exactly a requirement with, like you said, some of the most success people such as Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs not having completed college. Not everyone was made for college and for some people their best option really is to just take their High School Degree and run.

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