Wednesday, September 26, 2012

When You Think of College Do You Think of the Good Things or the Bad Things or even Both?

“Questioning the value of a college education seems a bit like questioning the value of happiness, or fun.” Megan McArdle  



I feel college can be good for many different reasons but also in the same respect it is not for everyone. I’m going to start off with a quote from another blog I read Live and Learn “The theory goes like this: In any group of people, it’s easy to determine who is the fastest or the strongest or even the best-looking. But picking out the most intelligent person is difficult, because intelligence involves many attributes that can’t be captured in a one-time assessment, like an I.Q. test.” society has taught us that school is a must to succeed and to get the job that you want you have to go to finish high school and then go on to college. But even then that degree that you just got might not be enough to get that job that you wanted. So then the question I ask is “why waste all that time going to school when that degree you just got can’t get you the job you want?” I say everything takes a little time and although you might not be able to get the job right off the bat it will help you with something later on in life, even if that means you just know a lot about that subject. So to me college can never hurt you it can only help.

            I think everyone that can experience college should. Other than the education college is also good for a social aspect. Now I’m not speaking for everyone when I say this but after being around pretty much the same people and seeing the same place everyday for the first 18 years of my life I think it was time for a little bit of change. Weather it be a very small change or even a really big one change in my mind is good for the most part. It is a whole different world living on your own and you can learn so many new things in a rather short period of time. I think you don’t really find out who you are until you have to start doing things on your own. I also think that it is good for the society as a whole. Some people might be extremely book smart they might not have very much common sense. Being book smart can only take you so far. Rose, the author of Why School? says “learning to think together, learning to attack problems together, learning how to disagree.” and I don’t believe that schools really teach that aspect of life. I know one of the main things I have learn so far just being in college for a month is how to manage money. And I know that the classes I'm taking now aren’t going to teach me how to do that. It’s kind of one of those things you have to learn on your own.

There are two parts to this. The money that you could earn for getting a college education and then on the flip side the money you spend going to college. Most studies now a day say that the higher education you have the more money you make. And I believe that to be true and Education pays gives you a little study on that. So knowing that you make more money the more education you have then you also must know that the longer you spend in school then the more money you will be fishing out. College today is very very expensive. Let me say that again it is very very expensive and can put you in a huge hole once you are finished. So if you do want the benefits of a college education and make more money down the road you are also going to have to pay for that eventually.                                    

College has both its pros and cons just like everything else in life. It’s all up to you whether it's right for you or not.


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