An Analysis Of Gloria Watkins 's ' Keeping Close Up Home ' Essay

1104 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 null Page
Every fall, thousands of students put away their summer tops and shorts, quit their jobs at Target or Taco Bell and head off to college. Some attend the closest local school while others travel across the state, country or sometimes world to enroll in the schools of their choice. A recent wage study indicates that college graduates on average will earn twice as much money during their lifetimes than students who only graduate from high school. Many parents push their children to attend college, to get a high paying job and live a comfortable life. However, many parents think that the closest local college is just as good as any other university. Gloria Watkins’s parents seem to think this, as Watkins demonstrates in her essay “Keeping Close to Home.” Watkins’s parents are typical of many parents: colleges, to them, seem equal in caliber and in outcomes for the students. “A Bachelor’s degree is a Bachelor’s degree,” as my father likes to say.

I often wonder why my parents agreed to let me attend any UC or Cal State school when I was in ninth grade. At that time I was not even interested in college, but my parents pestered me to keep my grades up, they paid for tutors to help me with my math and English, and they made me volunteer at a local Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Katrina victims because it would look good on my applications. In similar fashion, Watkins parents buy her books to help her study although they threaten to burn the books if she does not conform to their…

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