“College is fun as long as you don’t die” (Tsugumi Ohba). Each year millions of young adults are faced with the decision to attend higher education or go straight into the work force. These young adults are being influenced by their parents, teachers and peers on this major life decision. While they should listen to advice given to them, in the end the final decision should be made by the individual, not by someone else. Before young adults are even able to go out and experience the world they are faced with the life changing decision to go to college; many young adults will benefit from higher education, however, some young adults instead of going to college should go into the work force or trade school. There are two main stances on this topic, one being attend college, or avoid college all together, the choice depends entirely on the person.
Many young adults who attend college, particularly a four-year college, will receive positive benefits from their time and money spent at the college. In Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill’s article titled “Should Everyone Go to College?” they discuss the return on investment of college and how not all college degrees can be treated equal. Owen and Sawhill convey the idea that college is a great option for many people, but college is not for everyone. College will cost the majority of young adults a significate amount of money. This cost comes from attending the college itself and opportunity cost lost by not being able to work. Studies have shown that “the gap in annual earnings between young high school graduates and bachelor’s degree holders working full time is $15,000” (Owen & Sawhill 210). Even though colle...
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... can never be given a definitive answer. Each individual is different and it is up to them to make the decision that will benefit them. Both sides of the argument make very compelling points. Going to college will likely put the individual in debt, but on average they will earn more in their lifetime compared to someone who went straight into the workforce. Some people are better off going straight into the workforce. Young adults must try to think past everyone saying “college is the only option if you want to get a job or be successful.” America needs workers straight out of high school to work blue collar jobs. Having a college degree does not guarantee employment. However, it can set a person apart from the competition. While college can be beneficial to many young adults, some should stay clear from going to college despite pressure from parents and other peers.
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