Is College for Everyone?

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“ Is College for Everyone”
Is college for everyone? I am sure this is a question that many future, current, and even graduated college students have asked themselves at one time or another. In her blog posted in 2007 on AssociatedContent.com “Is College for Everyone”, writer, Pharinet, uses her experience, logic, emotion and reasoning as a college professor to identify the issues and answer the question, “is college for everyone?” Pharinet says that education is important and that every person has the right to an education, but that it still may not be right for every person to attend college. Pharinet describes to her readers how over the years and reasons why going to college have changed over time. She states, “often the desire for learning is not what drives students to attend college”(635).

Pharinet’s main purpose of this blog is to use her experience in the college field to express her views to the future college students and maybe even their parents that going college may not be the path for everyone, and that sometimes people do not need a college education to be successful in life. Pharinet uses the statistic that approximately 50% of students who begin college never graduate(635). Not every person is ready for the “freedom” or “responsibility” that comes with going to college. Courses, homework, projects, and exams are not the only things college students are faced with. Pharinet also explains the finical aspect of attending college and says “while the cost of college can be offset by grants, scholarships and work-study programs, too many students find themselves in desperate financial situations by the end of their first semester”(635).

Pharinet presents a great point when she says, “If college is for everyone, why do we rely on SAT scores and high school transcripts?”(635). That in itself should make a person question if going to college is really the right place for him or her. If a person has struggled through school up until this or her high...
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