Hardships of College Going to college will be the best time of people’s lives, but getting into college just might be the worst. These topics being discussed are good to talk about for upcoming college kids to help them get through this troubling time and inform them that they have options. Getting into college is so difficult due to the high costs of tuition, selectiveness of the college, and also just finding the best fit college for incoming freshmen. Finding a college that is in the right price range can be very difficult, due to high tuitions, but financial aid services can be a great help to the families. Tuitions of colleges differ from public universities to private universities.
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Although gap years can be very expensive, it can overall be an opportunity of a lifetime, to create clear academic goals. Although a gap year is most often taken between high school and college, some students decide to take one after under-graduate school and before graduate school or entering the workforce. If a gap year is planned properly, it can help a students take school and life more seriously impacting their entire life. In the UK and similarly in Australia, 11% of university bound students take a gap year (MacDonald 1). Meaning, that almost one in ten students, in the UK and Australia, whom already were planning on attending a university, take part in a gap year.
One reason being the rapid population growth. In the 1960’s and 70’s when Baby Boomers were growing up, the population was in the 3 billion. Today the population is roughly 7 billion, meaning there are twice as many people competing for the same schools and jobs ("Population Growth Rate”). Older generations believe it was harder to get a good job when they were young, yet they do not realize that all they needed to be considered a qualified candidate was a college degree. Today to get a good job, people need a college degree as well as a master and half the time that isn’t even good enough.