Is College for Everyone

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Sakura Chatani Nguyen-Duy
Professor Naas
English 1A
How Society Limits Our Student’s Futures
In today’s society, students are constantly being pushed to work towards a higher education. President Obama recently encouraged students to pursue at least one year of college after graduating high school. Our whole school system relies on previous education to get to the next. Each level of education has a purpose and that is to prepare them for the next level. After grade school comes middle school, after middle school comes high school, and after high school comes college, but what comes after college? With the previous pattern, the next level after college would be a career, but is this necessarily true? Is this the only path students have? Many students end up attending a four-year college because they feel like they are suppose and this often results in students not having a proper career goal. When this happens, they often get confused and lost in all the academic chaos. Even when students do have a career goal, they are sometimes encouraged to go into colleges that do not fully provide the education they need for their specific career. Although attending a four-year college and obtaining a degree is desired by many, students should be encouraged to attend schools based on their career choices, not by society’s standards.

Before students are encouraged to attend a four-year college, they should think about their educational goals and what they want to obtain from college. Many students today will end up attending a four-year college because of the expectations from today’s society. They will often times go to college not knowing what they want to out of it. (Nemko) The only thing motivating students like these are the pressures from others. This can often make school stressful and not exciting for them. Many students who enter college unmotivated and unsure with their goals will often times end up dropping out of college. According to...
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