Essay on College Is Not For Everyone

712 Words Jul 24th, 2015 3 Pages
College is Not for Everyone
Today, more people than ever are attending community colleges and universities. Often, a collegiate degree is a prerequisite to meaningful employment (Pincus, 341). There is even social pressure pushing many to attend. I feel that the university education system has many structural shortcomings, and that institutions of higher learning often do not have students ' best interests at heart. I feel, simply, that college is not for everyone. An opportunity for some, the very structure of a collegiate education is a pitfall for many others. Consider the time-frame a college freshman faces at an undergraduate university. The majority of these young men and women enter college as just that: young. The average age of a freshman 18. Yet at this point they are expected to know what exactly they wish to study for the rest of their lives. Author and social scientist Virginia Gordon, in her study entitled "The Undecided Student", states her belief that the majority of young college students do not know definitively what they chose to study. It is to Gordon in fact entirely regular, from a developmental perspective, that someone might not know their course of study at the age of 18(434). Yet, in the face of this students are forced to declare a major, generally, by their sophomore years. The structure of university education requires prerequisites and upper-level courses. These often take years ' worth of credits, and thus demand a student to specialize…

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