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. However, I do have to refute Nemko’s appeal to authority (Pathos) towards the end when he lists off numerous figures that have
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.
There are so many questions come up in our mind when we hear that more women are graduating in the college. 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. She also interviewed a lot of men and they said they didn’t want to work behind the desk.
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. Pearlstein starts his article off by telling the reader about the assignment he gave his students a few years ago.
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.
Is college still worth all of the time, money, and effort put into it. 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