The Pros And Cons Of Going To College

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I never had a choice in how to lead my life, until I got to the summer of my senior year of high school. During that time, I had to decide whether college was the right path for me to take. Being here for the past five months has shown me that this was the right choice. Recent high school graduates can decide whether college is right for them. Even if statistics prove repeatedly that they will be better off in life by going to college, there are reasons that high school graduates have that prevent them from pursuing a higher education. In the essay “Should Everyone Go to College” written by Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill, the authors write about the positive and negative effects of going to college. Based on my personal experience and the experiences of others around me, I say the positive outcomes are better eventually than the negatives.
Owen and Sawhill start the discussion by voicing their concern for the young people in our generation with having to choose if
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“Research suggests that additional education improves overall wellbeing” (210). My life has benefitted from going to college and has been shown through this first semester that I have been out of high school. When I first came to college, I didn’t feel like I was pressured into being here. This choice was solely my idea, because I knew that I didn’t possess the skills I needed to succeed in the real world. Getting my bachelor’s degree and going the extra step to get my master’s degree was always my plan. By coming to college, I have built better networking skills as well as better social skills. Early in the semester, I made it my mission to join different organizations on campus to refine myself into the person I wanted to become. It is one of my passions to help people, including myself, become the best version of themselves as possible. It 's easier to help my friends here on campus than the friends I have back home who didn’t go to
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