As a college student who is currently spending thousands of dollars to further my education and achieve a career goal, it was, at first, disheartening to read Caroline Bird’s essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money”. However, after thoroughly examining her points, I now see that her essay is illogical. In her piece “College is a Waste of Time and Money”, Caroline Bird argues against the idea that “college is the best place for all high-school graduates” (1); in other words, college isn’t for everyone. Throughout her writing, Bird supplies her readers with evidence that explains how, for some individuals, college is a waste of not only time and money, but of intellectual effort, as well. It wasn’t until after reading this piece several times that I began encountering flaws within her reasoning.
One example of the disadvantages of attending college are most students end up in debt because of the school fees. Most college student struggle to pay the fees of college because they don’t have the money or maybe they are paying for it by themselves. Another example is attending college can bring on stress, anxiety and pressure especially to new students attending college. Attending college causes students stress, anxiety, and pressure to do well and complete the given work. Another factor of attending college is struggling with weight whether it be gaining it or losing it.
Caroline Bird’s argument against postsecondary education is incorrect, specifically her beliefs that students are exposed to too many options and graduates only desire jobs that save people. First, Caroline Bird shares her belief that “a college experience that piles option on option …merely adds to the contemporary nightmare.” Although too many options are sometimes overwhelming, limiting choices would also create undue pressure for students. For instance, as a student, I am exposed to several options: what classes I should take, what major I should major in, what professors I should take, etc. This allows me control over my education, so I can avoid being pressured into a class or a major that is not right for me. As a matter of fact, author Virginia N. Gordon found statistical evidence that about 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation (Freedman).
Over the years, the loss of credibility in the once widely propagated benefits of a higher education degree has become heavily criticized by avid education reform advocates. Political writer, social critic, and essayist, Barbara Ehrenreich, in her satirical essay, "College Students, Welcome to a Lifetime of Debt! ", ironically exposes the consequences of the ever-increasing cost of education on post-secondary students ' societal role as debtors. Ehrenreich’s purpose to provoke her audience, mainly comprised of college students and their parents, into questioning the condescendence and despicable practices of post-secondary institutions is achieved through the employment of a sarcastic and humorous tone. By means of an appeal to pathos, the author clearly communicates all of her points and intentions, as well as brings out the eye-opening absurdity in this ever so trivialized situation.
Procrastination, a challenge many college students endure. I have found myself delaying my assignments because I felt I had better things to do. “You shouldn’t let English assignments interfere with your religion.” (Roberts 378). I found that quote humorous because I can relate. I used to believe that Sunday was a day to blow off school work.
His key point is that, although many students are motivated learners, students rarely pursue their passion, and this creates a joyless and poor environment for students. In his essay, Zinsser successfully uses irony to express the severity of self-induced pressures college students experience, and he effectively uses a metaphor to show the greatest weakness American education faces. Zinsser’s essay is effective as the author uses an ironic story to convey that students induce
The explanation for this answer is not possible in a single line and it will be elaborated throughout this article as the College ranking system is complex and confusing at the same time. Why Students consult College rankings? Like already said, college rankings mean a lot to students. They decide what is best for them based on the rankings alone.
And finally, in his speech, he also applied pathos which is the emotional quality of the speech or text that makes it persuasive to the audience. Because he used the context, he appealed to the emotional by talking about the feeling that most of the students feels when they finally finish college, which is insecurity about what is going to be their life out of the campus. So, Ed Helms said: “Many times in life, college graduation for example, we don’t have a clear goal were overwhelmed by all the options or were scared. We don’t know enough to succeed at the thing we want, doesn’t matter be a fool and work hard at whatever is right in front of you”. He could connect with the students by talking about the feelings that everyone had in a graduation
Since GC is about to start finals, I wanted to focus on the topic of education in the United States. At this point, a lot of students are suffering from the stress involved with finals, and this stress really impacts each student in specific ways. Some people cry while studying, while others become angry trying to relearn all of the material from the semester. These intense feelings tend to make students hate the education involved with college, and they only stay at college for the hope of obtaining a better job in the future. This viewpoint on education can actually be witnessed in “Raisin in the Sun.” The conversations between George and Beneatha dealing with their views on education reveals the mindframe of most students in college
Initially, the author points out that many college students are dissatisfied because they enrolled for the wrong reasons. The author discusses how many students attend college because it seems fun, because of parental pressure, and because they receive financial support without working (Bird 217). This means that although many students pursue higher education, few of them are motivated by passion or ambition. Next, Bird insists that many people can find professional success without attaining a college degree. Bird says “… a college diploma no longer opens as many vocational doors” (224).
Returning back to college as a nontraditional student has been a rewarding experience at Appalachian State University Distance Education. The vast knowledge and expertise of the online professors are only multiplied by their demonstration of care for the education of their students. However, that winning streak was recently broken by Colleen Tarantino-Utter. Based on the experiences from my current academic pursuits and even after earning an “A” in the class, I was left with the perception that Ms. Utter portrayed the characteristics of an unequivocally incompetent and incredibly arrogant instructor. First, exemplified by her failure to correctly word exam questions demonstrated her fundamental miscarriages for the comprehension of the correct
There is an article that helped me learn to truly revise my essays, the title is, “Revision Strategies of Student Writers”, it is by Nancy Sommers. It is about different strategies students can use to revise their paper. She stated in her paper that for many students the idea of revision makes them uncomfortable and can lead to them not spending very much time working on it. She found that the students were never taught how to truly revise their essays (Sommers 380-382). After reading and
The College Board SAT has received many mixed reviews from fellow students, parents, and even teachers about its effectiveness for college admission. The SAT writing portion in particular affects juniors and seniors who are thinking about and applying to various colleges and universities. Generally speaking, when junior year rolls around, the stress and anxiety builds up when preparing for these standardized tests. Many, including myself when I went through the process, worry about the preparation needed, strategies needed to be learned, and ability of whether or not one is able to sit through the dwelling three-hour exam. In addition, we must take into consideration that some people naturally test better than others on these types of exams.
Alonzo I think everyone who took this class was stressed out. Even if a student used their time wisely, the workload could take a toll on their health. Not only are students vulnerable to anxiety and depression by the time they graduate, but also hopelessness as well (Leibow, 2010). I noticed that by spending time with positive people, for example, it has provided me with the mental support that is needed to be successful in college.
In the Article “The Year of the Imaginary College Student” Hua Hsu, a teacher at Vassar University does his best to create a case to see if the tension that stems from the fault finding college students say more about those who criticize political correctness more than it does the actual situations revolving around the true state of affairs. He states that the imaginary college student is a character created by critic’s cynicism. An easy target because current students are known as being a selfish, egotistical, and entitled generation also known as the millennial generation. Hsu sites several examples where students were seeking trigger warnings when in reality it is rarely the intention of a student or teacher to say something offensive. He tells of a hidden camera exposé where James O’Keefe a conservative activist tried to trigger a reaction from the students by creating a fake offensive situation in which a copy of the constitution was destroyed.