College Should Provide the Tools Needed to Live in our World

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College Should Provide the Tools Needed to Live in our World

Every year, hundreds of thousand of high school students go to a place of higher learning, be it a community college or a high standing world-renowned University. To get accepted to these places of higher learning, students must write essays about topics, have high grades in high school, have participated in extra curricular activities at school and other things as well. These students expect to get something from these great institutions, and that is why they try so hard to get into the very best universities.

After attending a college or university, its graduates will be able to think and express themselves clearly, and learn not only a skill, but also about humanities which helps us in our everyday life. Pupils should walk away from a place of higher learning with the ability to think and express their thoughts. Newman lived in the nineteenth century, and was a well known Catholic priest in the British Isles who wrote an essay with the purpose of defending the value of an education. Newman states It is the education which gives a man clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them (49). An educated person should have the ability to think and reason about issues they will face in their lifetime, and decisions must be made regarding those issues. As Newman stated, the educated person will be able to look upon an issue, and arrive at a conclusion based upon their clear conscious view of the possible ramifications of the issue. The learned person honed their skill to think and reason clearly at the University that they attended. Newman points out the benefit of having schol...

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...at graduated from that university will have learned how to think clearly, express themselves so they can succeed in life and their field of study, as well as have understanding of their lives and existence because they have studied the humanities. The students must not only think about getting accepted to the best universities, but also about why they want to go to such an institution. They must realize that there is more meaning to life than just making money and having a job, and that they will not learn that in a computer science course.

Works Cited

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. The Presence of Others. Eds. Andrea A. Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2000, 46 49.

Spayde, Jon. Learning in the Key of Life. The Presence of Others. Eds. Andrea A. Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2000, 58 - 63.

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