16 February 2017
Is It Necessary To Go To College?
The question of whether or not attending college benefits one’s livelihood plagues many young adults. It becomes something every person must ask themselves at some point in their life. Many people today believe going to college plays a necessary role in preparing you for the next phase of your life. They argue that most jobs require a college degree. Also, college graduates tend to make a significantly higher income than those with only a high school diploma, or even an associate’s degree. For some, college allows you to gain valuable work skills, especially if you choose classes which challenge you and you regularly attend those classes. Others, however, question whether the time and money spent on college actually enhances their chance of obtaining a job.
Many assert the serious debt you may incur by the time you graduate as a major argument against attending college. For most people, it takes them years to pay off their student loans. Since our world and the way we handle different situations continuously changes, our education system cannot keep up and many fear students will not be suitably prepared for the real world by the time they graduate. The degrees they earn will become obsolete. According to some people, college does not supply students with job readiness because going to college does not teach you any real-life skills. These points represent only a few of the arguments made by those opposed to attending college, but do they hold any truth?
I understand the fear of debt plays a large role in making the decision to attend college. After all, according to several studies, student loan debt now equals both mortgage and credit card debt combined. Many students choose to attend college simply because their parents want them to, and while pleasing your parents is admirable, it should not define which course you take. Furthermore, the unrealistic goals colleges place on young adults causes unnecessary stress which may eventually lead to anxiety and even depression. Some parents may have told their children that if they did not receive straight A’s and perform well in school, they might as well forget about becoming successful. This propaganda has the power to debilitate students. For proof, those who deem college futile use millennials as an example. Despite having received the highest education in history, people of that generation cannot seem to accept even the smallest disappointments in life. When they finish college, they expect to easily get a high paying job with perks, benefits, and large bonuses. Unfortunately, that vision simply breeds discontent.
According to those opposed to a college education, one of the biggest lies instilled in people today states that education equals automatic success. Some suggest our university system has sold us an illusion of self-application. They claim students who attend college...