What is the Purpose of College?

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Since an early age, parents, teachers, and society in general have penetrated the idea into students’ head that we must go to college. Maybe you remember when you were 5 years old in the kinder garden drawing in the classroom, when the lovely teacher asked the “what you want to be when you grow up” question. Since that day students are bombarded with the concept that they have to go to college in order to be successful in life. If students don’t go to a four-year college and have good grades, their life will be a complete disaster. But what happens when you have a 4.0 GPA, have been in the honor roll for 4 straight years, and perhaps been the valedictorian of your high school, but can’t afford college? What if you don’t want to go to college but to a trade school or get a simple certificate instead? That is when we start to deeply think what role college is playing in our society. Should college be an option? What’s the real purpose of going to college anyways? The real question is if by going to a university it would be really preparing students for real world.

One of the main reasons why people go to college is to improve themselves as people as well to improve in the socioeconomic status. For instance, people who came to the United States as immigrants to have a better life most like would want their kids to go to college, so they can be more educated and have a better life style. Now, the majority of Americans that have plans to go to college face a problem that discourage and frustrates them. This problem is the cost of education. It’s really exiting when you received your acceptance letter from the University that you applied, but is more depressing when you don’t have money to pay for it. We all know or if not we have an ...

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... Technology course… and workshops that give crucial hands-on education training for students, building on their invaluable workplace trades experience” We should not get rid of classes that are teaching skills to students. In that way these individuals that go to college would not be lacking skill and knowledge but would have both.

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MATTHEW KELLY and HELEN, GREGORY. "Student debt up and taking years to clear." Newcastle Herald, The (includes the Central Coast Herald) 18 Jan. 2014: 8. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 25 Apr. 2014.
Parker, Kathleen. "The Diminishing Returns of a College Education." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2014
MATTHEW KELLY and HELEN, GREGORY. "Student debt up and taking years to clear." Newcastle Herald, The (includes the Central Coast Herald) 18 Jan. 2014: 8. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 25 Apr. 2014.

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