Many people choose to go to college for a career they want or the education, even though they may not like the work, they gain experiences and some things others that may not have gone to college gotten. One of the main reasons people don’t attend college is because of the cost. This is an important topic now because it is more important now than ever since more careers require a college degree. In the past decade tuition, has risen so much more than other goods or services. Many people are asking will colleges lower their tuition because student debt has risen to 1.2 trillion dollars.
HBased on college pressures by William Zinsser, the four pressures that college students experienced in the 70s includes economic, parental, peer and self induced pressure. These pressures still remain in this day and age, but also the pressure to compete with their peers on paper has become a burden. It was once much easier to receive an overall liberal education, and has now become a one tracked focus on what career can make the most money. Students are left limited to the majors that are generally needed rather than follow their dreams. Economic pressure is one of the top pressures that college students face.
College is one of the most significant times in a person’s life. Every year high school kids will visit many different colleges so that they can be confident in their college decision. Some kids will follow in their parent’s foot steps and base their decision on where their mom or dad went, though, not all kids are fortunate to have help from their parents. Many kids nowadays may be the first in their family to take on higher education. The article, “First Generation College Students: Unprepared and Behind” by Liz Riggs explains that kids who are the first in their family to take on college are at a disadvantage compared to kids with parents who attended college.
In Marty Nemko’s essay, “We Send Too Many Students to College,” I thought he presented his argument about how a college degree does not necessarily mean that you will succeed in life in a subtle yet smart way by utilizing a personal connection with the subject of his essay. Or as Aristotle explained in The Art of Rhetoric, the appeal to authority (Ethos). Additionally, I thought his incorporation of the two stories about the individuals who obtained their degrees, but could find a job with their aforementioned degrees was a very honest way of descripting what I believe is happening in today’s educational institution.
In Charles Murray’s article, “Are Too Many People Going to College?”. he seeks to enlighten younger generations and administrators on a socially unacceptable future- not attending higher schooling after high school. He establishes insight through use of examples and statistics throughout his writing. However, he tends to repeatedly violates literary maxims that lead to his writing getting distracted from the main point or leading the reader to become confused by his use of terms. Through his many successes and obstacles, he still manages to create a new perspective on not going to college, making it just as wise of a decision as going to college depending on the career path and scholarly education a student accumulated in prior schooling.
In the article “What’s Going on… and What’s Going Wrong… with Our Boys?” by Judith Kleinfeld says that “one of four college educated women will not have a college educated man to marry”. She is trying to spread the message about how women are more in college and graduating than men. She is trying to encourage men to go to college.
Steven Pearlstein is a well-rounded and educated man. Pearlstein is thorough with his research and does an incredible job in his article “Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature.” Of course that title is just the hook to the real title “Forcing college kids to ignore the liberal arts won’t help them in a competitive economy”, both titles pop out and lead into what Pearlstein intends to go over in the work. Parents these days are forcing children to go to college and get the degrees they want well Pearlstein has something to say about that. To the parents who still think that liberal education is a waste of time, at least the kids learning liberal arts won’t mix up meaningful life with maximizing lifetime salary.
According to Henry Bienen, president emeritus of Northwestern University speaking as a panel member in an Intelligence Squared debate “Too Many Kids Go To College, “. . . more years of school, post-secondary, are positively correlated with earnings over one’s lifetime, and also correlated with lower rates of unemployment and shorter duration being unemployed when a higher degree is obtained. ” (8) The American middle class is rapidly shrinking. More and more people are dependent on their own earnings in order to just be able to meet their expenses and survive. They have no family that is able to support them if they don’t make it on their own.
Today it is becoming increasingly harder to graduate college without student debt. A staggering number of nearly seventy percent of students that have a bachelor’s degree leave school with debt. Which can have major consequences for the U.S. economy. This debt may be preventing Americans from making bigger purchases that drive economic growth (Berman).
Basically you are doing it because you can make a lot of money, that is totally fine, just remember that there are people out there that are less fortunate than you. Some people can’t afford to go to college and they not able to pursue their passion because they don’t have the same opportunities as you, they could have a job that they doesn’t pay much and that they don’t like, so keep that in mind the next time you say you hate what you are doing but you are well educated and have a college degree. You should treat college as it were a gift, and not all people get to receive and enjoy this gift of higher education
This increase in college tuition fees has made attending college that much harder for current students. In addition, the College Board also stated that money borrowed for school has increased dramatically from $435 billion to $1.19 trillion in the span of 9 years thus proving there is more money being borrowed instead of saved for college. The opposition would argue that a student may get a better paying job with a degree. This is not true, however, because you are trying to pay off your student debt with the money that you make. Even if you make more money you have to pay a big bill.
Lachachiaa bring up is that half of them can’t find a job in their field when they graduate. So not only are they now working in a field irrelevant to their field of study, but they are thousand of dollars in student loans. He argues that certain people (hyper) need to get out and work, yet society pushes them and trys to mold them into beign soething that they are not. Mr. Lachamiaa believes that these people would be happier working with their hands and releaseing some of that hyperactivity. Mr. Lachamiaa says he is very greatful for those college educated, engneeirs, doctors, architects and lawyers.
Another major problem for college students is money. A study has been done in “Ohio University states that seven out of ten college students in the United States, are worried about their Financial” (Sonawane). According to the International Business Time they did a study that the “National Student Financial Wellness showed that about 60% of college students were stressed out because they don 't have enough money to pay for studies another forty percent were worried about having not enough money to pay for expense and students abandon their studies because of debt”(Sonawane). Another problem for college students is getting a job. People that are just getting out of college usually have to get jobs most of them already have jobs but they might need more money so they would have to get two or three jobs.
Is College Really Worth the Cost? Most American goal in life is to earn a living when they come out of high school. But, maybe it isn’t really necessary that high school graduates need to feel ad if they are being rushed off to college. People who are hustled off to college discover that they would much rather be learning how to build things or fix things. College students and graduates are facing debt, unemployment/ drops in wages, and some would rather learn with their hands.
What happens when it 's not executed well? I guess I 'm accustomed to more bullish claims from executives of for-profit colleges. I don 't recall any of them saying, "We face powerful short-term incentives to shortchange students, but if we can resist those and manage to implement our model well over the long term we might find that the incentives exist for more student learning." Perhaps I should find Rosen 's honesty refreshing, but it 's just scary that he doesn 't realize how bad his descriptions sound. To wit: "The vast majority of the players in for-profit education work very hard to avoid succumbing to these short-term temptations.