Do Teenagers Want to Go to College to Achieve Their American Dream?

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  • Topic: Education, Higher education, James Truslow Adams
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  • Published : December 15, 2012
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Do teenagers want to go to college to achieve their American dream? According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 18.2 million students enrolled in college in 2007. Several decades ago, only a few people wanted to go college. However, there has been a drastic change in our society, especially people’s perspective towards education to achieve their American dream. Recently, I took a survey to see if teenagers want to go college to achieve their American Dream. My survey proves that many of the teenagers want to go college to achieve their American dream because they want to have better future. To begin with, my calculation for the “Yes” or “No” question shows that 80% of the teenagers think that going to college is a part of the American dream. They think that by attending college they will get a better job, hence a better future. As one can see, today’s society has more varieties of jobs compared to the society developed a decade ago. In the past, there were only a few jobs for someone who is specialized in a certain area to exceed the company or factory’s expectation. Now a days, large corporations and even small companies want a person who is capable of completing somewhat more sophisticated jobs, the skills for which can be obtained from a college education. In the survey, I asked teenagers, “How are they preparing themselves for college?” I gave them three options: A) taking AP/Dual credits, B) talking to your counselors for college information, C) Doing nothing. As a result of this question, 47% of teenagers are taking AP/Dual credits. This shows that they are already taking challenges so they can earn college credit and also they are saving their money. If teenagers take the AP exam and pass it they will get college credit so they don’t have to take the class again in college. This way they are saving their money. 40% of the teenagers are talking to their counselors for college information. This shows that even if they are not taking higher...
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