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“Yes, college is worth it, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable” (Leonhardt, David). A college degree is valuable, but then why is there so much debt stuck with it. One can say it is a way of doing business but to get best education and facilities one has to provide the funds as well (Menon, 2011). In order for colleges to run they need to have their own funds, they should not be forced upon a student, or at least minimize the tuition fees. If more students are attending college, why not bring down the price for tuition if they are making more money.
Those who opt out of college run the risk of costing themselves potential career opportunities and a higher standard of living. The path to success requires hard decisions and calculated risks. The surest way to succeeding in our society is through a college education. Despite the costs, higher education provides a valuable asset to long-term success and quality of life. In a capitalistic society, money, above everything else, separates us.
In that same age group, among people with no education beyond a high school diploma, it was 14 percent”. This alone shows that just having a college degree will make you more hireable. Just being a college graduate will provide one with increases in wages. According to Greenstein and Merisotis, “The increase in wages for the top 1% between 1980 and 2005, if divided among the bottom 99%, would provide each household about $7,000 in additional income. But the wage gains of college graduates over the same period, divided among high-school graduates, would provide each household with $28,000 of additional income”.
The Gap Year As a senior in high school did you ever stress about your future? Making plans for college? A way to relieve stress could be to take a gap year. The life of the average senior consist of planning for college, by taking a year off you can manage and make money, relieve some stress and it gives you the opportunity to travel before settling down before college. This is not uncommon to a lot of senior graduates.
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Most college graduates make more money, but student loan debt is crippling them. Going to college helps establish great connections and you learn networking skills, however, you can still be equally as successful without a college degree. More and more jobs are requiring a college degree, but you aren’t guaranteed the job in your field with the degree. Last but not least going to college is an amazing experience, however, college doesn't necessarily grow my mind if you don't do it correctly. So you have to ask, yourself do the pros out way the cons?