College: Is It Worth It?

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Williams 1
Kay-Lee Williams
Mr. Marcil
ENC 1102
College: Is it worth it?
In today’s society teenagers have been raised with an image in their heads that they must attend college after graduating high school. Parents, teachers, and society have made us feel that going to college right after graduating high school is the only thing that we could do with our lives. That taking a year off to decide what you want to do or maybe even not going at all would be unacceptable and “the end of the world as we know it”. The main reason most teenagers go to college is because they feel that they are obligated to, or that “It’s the right thing to do.” In the essay that Caroline Bird wrote “College is a Waste of Time and Money”, she states that students go to college because”…Mother wanted them to go, or some other reason entirely irrelevant to the course of studies for which college is supposedly organized.” (481) People go to college for many different reasons. Many students are forced to go to college, resulting in them being unhappy and later on resentful. Others go just for the title of being a college student. “For some young people, it is a graceful way to get away from home and become independent without losing the financial support of their parents.” (Bird 484) It is beaten into many of our heads that society would look down at us for not attending college, and that to be successful in life you need to have some sort of a college education. Many students are told that going to college is much more presentable than to end up like someone such as a garbage man or janitor. One of the main reasons of going off to college is to get a good job. Williams 2

According to Ernest Boyner’s concept of the “New American College”, higher education is essential for preparation for one’s future. He states that: In spatial terms, teaching and learning may begin in a classroom, but course work also spills over into the life of the campus and the community. Students...
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