Benefits of Higher Education

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Erek Brown
Writing 111
April 28, 2011

Benefits of Education

Gwen Noah’s experience through college was different than that of her children because attending college was not as pertinent as it is today; one did not have to finish college to pursue a career, but now it seems as though it is a requirement to acquire a career in itself. Noah explained that it was easier to earn employment in the mid-1900s, during her time period. As years progressed, it became eminent to her that even her daughters(being a generation apart), had to receive more education to better qualify themselves and become better representatives of the career they wished to pursue. She emphasizes that in today’s modern society it is better to even go as far as getting one’s PhD to further pursue work, though back in her day it was not necessary. Times have changed. Competition is becoming more and more aggressive. Competition meaning the education that someone has received as opposed to what a person has not received. Employment is becoming significantly more based on how much education one has and how many degrees one has earned. Gwen Noah provides insight on what she thinks is preferred in today’s society as opposed to her day. As she is interviewed she provides wisdom based on her knowledge of how important it is to have an education now a day.

Being an 85 year old woman, Gwen Noah released some relevant information that might not have been as relevant when she was growing up. She told us that she thinks it is better for young people today to get an education in order to help achieve any goals they might have. Using her daughters as an example, she describes how college helped in their pursuit of their careers: “Yep, well one of my children teaches in Azusa, another works with the state in social services, Susan majored in nutrition but she now works in optometry, and Janet was a dental assistant for 30 years…” In this quote, Noah suggests that an education helped her...
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