The increasing rate in which students are dropping out of college is alarming, because it will affect our society in the long term, as the students of today are the employees of tomorrow. Governments need to address this issue, because everyone’s future lies in the hands of teenagers. They need to find a solution to the increased prices in colleges relative to people’s earnings. Years ago, attending college may have been only for the people who were well off, but today having a bachelors degree holds the same value as a high school certificate did years ago. Teenagers’ aswell need to understand that attaining a bachelor’s degree is key for getting a well-paid job later on.
Ellison starts off by saying “once, a degree used to mean a brighter future for college graduates, access to the middle class, and economic stability” (Ellison). This highlighting the hopes that come with going to college and getting that degree, even if you do have student debt, but then he immediately highlights the hardship that comes with the college these days. The author states that “student loan debt increases inequality and makes it harder for low-income graduates” to “to buy a house, open a business, and start a family”(Ellison). The economy is going up by any means and it has no room for a middle class because there is so much debt.College graduates coming out of college are having even more of a hard time supporting themselves after college rather than while in it. Money is the basis of living , even people with lower income degrees could support themselves before the cost of tuition went up drastically.
Many Americans now believe that anyone without a college degree is restricted to low-paying, menial jobs,” (Leef). In the American workforce, having a degree is highly valued, but in some cases, not always necessary. In a lot of instances, people will have a degree, but can not get a job that requires that degree. “A substantial number of college graduates ‘end up taking jobs for which college education is not really a prerequisite,’ making any debt they incurred to get the education essentially a waste, argued Ohio University's Vedder. ‘Twelve percent of the mail carriers in the United States today have college degrees,’” (Clemmit).
All of these aspects sound good for the high school level, however, they can be the polar opposites of how students are treated in college. Students not being used to freedom, for example, causes them to not be prepared for the over amount of freedom given during college. This leads kids to put off homework, not go to class, and other bad habits because they are not used to managing their time. These habits can lead to an unsuccessful college carrer, eventually leading to dropping out. A second example at the meso level is students getting caught up in partying on the weekends or even during the week.
Specifically, many candidates from other countries are taking American jobs so the number of professional jobs is decreasing. As a result, many workers with a college degree are forced into low wage jobs. Consequently, the bachelor degree is becoming the same value of high school diploma rather than an opportunity to a high paying job. In fact, for many generations a college degree was considered a key to a better life, it is no longer guaranteed. A college degree is now the minimum ticket to get in the door to any white-collar job.
One of the major decisions that high school graduates face is the choice to attend college or not. Why do students decide not to attend college? For many it is due to economic factors, poor standardized test scores, previously dropped out of high school and received their GED. The societal expectation is for high school students to enroll in college within months of graduation (Bozick & DeLuca, 2005). The advantages to attending college outweigh the benefits of taking time off.
However, college tuition is not very affordable and is increasing every year. A free college tuition is definitely necessary for students because some are paying for college themselves, the college workload is stressful enough, and scholarships, grants, and financial aid doesn’t cover all costs. College tuition should be free because it would create positive changes for people attending college, universities, and the economy. First, most students are paying for their own tuition themselves because either they want to be independent and do so, or because their parents have made that decision for them. According to Newberry, the average cost a year of undergraduate studies at a private university now tops $21,000.
These students have families that they need to support with better jobs, and in order to achieve those better jobs, the older students need to go back to school to earn the degrees that the jobs require. It is much easier said than done however. These older students who are trying to integrate back to school so they can help their families are unable to receive the job they need since the charge of the school is out of their reach. It is even harder for parents of new graduates to pay for college. The prices of schools in states “have skyrocketed in the last five years” (Citation).
There wouldn’t be opportunity for growth in this country without successful graduation rates. The future of our country depends on the scholars that colleges produce. Without a thoroughly educated society, America would hit the floor and relapse into a deep depression. Jobs would disappear because the ones applying for them wouldn’t get accepted because they aren’t qualified. Even though dropout rates rise each year in America, college application rates are also on the rise because graduating high school students understand the importance of attending college.
It doesn't matter what you do. So for me I guess college was just a means to an end. it was just to prove that I could do it and once I proved to myself that I can do it then I was able to prove to employers that I could do it even though it doesn't make me any more money now, if I would have had the right path it would have. I've got tons of friends that make really good money and we have the same degree no different. so for me college it's disappointed me a little bit honestly that my degree hasn’t been able to give me a little bit more money and that I'm not, with my work ethic and my experience that I can't get what I deserve and I honestly feel like I deserve more money now.