Military vs College

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Jesus Torres
English 50
March 19, 2013
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Your schooling may be over, but your education still continues. There are a lot of choices a senior in high school can make that will determine the rest of their life. For instance, they can do any of the following: Go to college, join the work force, serve their country by joining the military, start a business, or decide to do nothing. But the two main roads that fresh graduates take are either, go straight to college, or join the military. Both of them have their own pros and cons of the education, job opportunity, and perks you may get. First off, going straight to college is the most popular route for a fresh high school graduate, but most of the expenses are coming straight out of the student’s, pockets. Even if they are getting help from their parents, they still have to pay for the tuition, books, room and board, and other fees their school might throw their way. If a student were to join the military, then they would receive Tuition Assistance after boot camp, which assists the solders tuition and can pay up to the full amount. Next, a full time student can usually only work part-time. Which disables a student to make enough income to cover the amount of loans that they are taking out. Then the debt continues to grow until after graduation when the student can get a full time job. While in the military, the job they are placed in is a full time job, just with a contract. And the solider can earn a degree while working full time. In the long run, joining the military will benefit better because they will be earning money and earning a degree, while in college, a student will be earning a degree, and losing money. Both choices have their perks. Some might be more important to a high school graduate than others. For example, the military takes them away from home family and friends, and in most cases, sends them out of the country. If a student goes to...
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