Positive And Negative Effects Of College Education

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Michelle Obama said, “You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.”. Getting a college degree makes for an easier adjustment into the ’real world’. Although it can be hard to afford, a good college education can improve quality of life in aspects such as economic state, social status, and job opportunities. Having a good education can improve someone’s economic state, and help them to move up in economic class. For example, people living in poverty can escape their current economic state by getting a good education (’Positive and Negative Effects of Education’). If one can find…show more content…
For example, “the emphasis on education in today’s society makes it much harder for people with low levels of education to develop a positive social identity.” (’The Wellbeing Effect of Education’). Without an education, people find it harder to find a good fit for them in society. However, “education can help with obtaining access to stable social relationships, like marriage, which can increase social support.” (Ross and Willigen). Those with education find it easier to succeed in their social relationships, therefore increasing their social stability in life. In addition to that, “Education is often used by people to shape their ’social identity’, framing their understanding of themselves and their relationships with other people.” (’The Wellbeing Effect of Education’). Since today’s society is so focused on where they fit in, having an education is a big advantage to have. Lastly, people who drop out or have a lower level of education “face higher risks of social exclusion and are less likely to participate in civic life” (“Quality of Life Indicators - Education”). Those who don’t get their education can end up excluded from others, therefore making them less likely to participate in life’s activities. Overall, having a good social status and sense of where you belong is largely dependent on your amount of…show more content…
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