“Is college worth it?”, was the question asked in the magazine, “Making Money” on August, 26th 2014. There are many different perspectives to this question. Kevin Short, from HuffingtonPost.com, says “Who says college isn’t worth?”. He proves his statement buy stating, “Workers with a bachelor’s degree typically earn around $300,000 more over their careers than workers who hold just a high school education”. Short continues on saying, despite the rise in the cost of education, it would still be beneficial to obtain a degree. College would end up paying in the long run. Although, I agree with Shorts perspective on college education, I am not sure the topic can be put so vaguely. Jordan Weissman, from Slate.com argues, the pay for a college graduate
Attending college is an important life choice everyone should make. Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill, the authors of Should Everyone Go to College?, explore that “…the median earnings of about $30,000 for 25-34-year old high school graduates working full-time in 2010, this implies that a year in college increases earnings by $3,000, and four years increases them by $12,000” (They Say/I Say pg.209/para. 3). In the Owen and Sawhill article they provide information on the difference in a person’s salary with a high school diploma compared to a person’s salary with a one year certificate and a bachelor’s degree. Owen and Sawhill continues on to state that, “there are many non-monetary benefits of schooling that are harder to measure but no less important” (They Say/I Say pg.210/para.3). The authors used information gathered from research reports that they conducted to determine salary and/or wage earnings for an individual who attends one year of college versus four years of college. In the next section, the authors discuss non-monetary benefits of attending college.
Many people argue if going to college is worth it or not. They question if the decision of investing Their time and money on college is going to be the right decision for them. Will it payoff with success, and leaving them richer than an average highschool graduate?. Well in David Leonhardt’s “Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say” and Chris Matthews’s “Why college isn't for everyone, explained in a single chart”, They both talk about that, if college is worth it or not. They talk about How much college really cost you, and how much it really benefits you.
The Value of a College Degree Having a college degree is arguably one of the most important things you can achieve in your lifetime. In today’s society, it is getting much more difficult to survive without one. Most places of business that offer substantial wages and benefits require some sort of
Some people say there is no need for the thousands of dollars wasted in college, others say college is the key element to success. Many people don't think that college is necessary, but is that really true? College has a tremendous value when one is looking to be successful.The value of a college education is extremely valuable and necessary for someone who would like to prosper in life.
According to the authors, “(...) Americans are applying for college is that by a variety of measures -as alluded above- workers with college degrees earn more money than those with only high school diplomas” (pg 75). I find this information valuable because students can pay off their debt with the high income job they will receive. The authors also state, “ (...) a mean annual wage for an electrician was almost $53,000 a year, but a master electrician can earn an excess of $100,000 per year” (pg 80). I have seen students work right after they graduate, but I never knew that the college diploma would make such a heavy impact on price differences. Not only is attending a college beneficial for the future, but it gives a chance for students, who do not know what their future career to be, to explore multiple interest. Unfortunately, Chapter Four also states the harsh reality of college too. Some students that attend college, waste their time in college because of drinking, sex, and partying. In this chapter, it also makes the notion of how there is a low academic standard in the United States K-12 system. Again, the states are also responsible for the education system they provide because it is part of the reserved power. The state government should direct more of the tax money into education so students will be more prepared for college rather than dropping
Every year college prices dramatically increase. People are constantly debating with themselves whether college is worth the cost or not. Since the cost of college is constantly increasing its harder for people to keep up with the cost. Although the price of a college education continuously increases, it is worth the cost since college graduates make more income and become more successful than high school graduates. A solution to this problem is for colleges to stop making students spend extra money to turn colleges into a “country club”, and for colleges to focus on education not “country clubs”.
There has been a huge debate over whether or not going to college is worth it since the colonist came from Europe and founded “New College” (later renamed Harvard University) in 1636. While many people feel that college has many advantages and is the obvious choice after graduation, there are some disadvantages to attending as well. The debate continues today with some people arguing that going to college will not only help them expand their minds but will also expand their pockets as well, and others arguing that college is not for them and they can be successful without it.
Life’s success is achieved in different ways. (Director, n.d.) A lot of television programs and magazines instills the idea in us that being successful means; having a fulfilling career, having a lot of money and being powerful. Most religious and spiritual organizations, in contrast, claim that success means being at peace with God and finding spiritual happiness. (Berger, 2013)Another idea regarding success focuses on a relationship. Relationships success involves spending time with friends and family and being surrounded. College education can assist in achieving some types of achievement. (Berger, 2013)However, it makes little or no difference whether the individual is successful or not in other life areas. Some professions such as medicine, law, engineering and teaching require college education. (Allen, 2011)However, some careers such as sports star, business person and movie star do not require college education. (Director, n.d.)These people are yet considered successful. As a matter of fact, achieving spiritual happiness and being surrounded by friends and family in a successful relationship has nothing to do with college education. (Berger, 2013)
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I believe a college education is worth the cost in spite of today’s skyrocketing tuition costs and a poor job market. Despite most students that leave college with expensive degrees, massive debt, and no jobs; they gain something in life. The expense of a college degree is worth the benefits. Dreams are achievable if one puts in the amount of work necessary to succeed.
Americans tend to believe that going to college is a must to become successful in life. I believe that it is more beneficial to go to college than not going to college because of better job opportunities that are available after college. If you go to college you further your education and job opportunities with better pay and better benefits will be available to you.
The first thing that they might bring up is that college education makes more money which in return can pay off your student loans as said, “While the income for those with a bachelor 's degree was $65,482, and $92,525 for those with advanced degrees.  The median income for families headed by a bachelor 's degree holder was $100,096 in 2011.” (college-education) The next point they might bring up is that more and more jobs are requiring people to have some sort of college degree as said here, “According to a June 2016 study, 99% of job growth (or 11.5 million of 11.6 million jobs) between 2010 and 2016 went to workers with associate 's degrees, bachelor 's degrees or graduate degrees.  Based on economy and job projections calculated by Georgetown University, in 2018, approximately 63% of jobs will require some college education or a degree.”(college-education) The last point is that they might bring up is the employment rate of college students is very good compared to a high school diploma as said here, “In 2015, 6.2% of college graduates were underemployed (insufficient work), compared to 12.9% of high school-only graduates and 18.7% of people without a high school diploma.”(college-education)
As a High School Junior looking at jaw dropping tuition prices, my family and I often ask ourselves a question I’m sure many other American households are challenged with: Is a college degree actually worth it? Once you look past the recent unemployment rate for college grads, you’ll find that a college degree proves to be highly beneficial once placed in a career. Degree holders often enjoy benefits such as higher pay, higher-skilled work, and an intellectual advantage over their coworkers that do not have a degree. These benefits often outweigh the seemingly outrageous cost of college, making the price tag more than worth it.