Essay College Is A Waste Of Time And Money

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This year it is estimated that 20.2 million students are presently enrolled in a college or university in the United States. Why do so many people seek a higher education? There are so many reasons people pursue a Higher Education, but in the essay “College is a waste of time and money”, Caroline Bird argues the majority of students are not there for the right reasons. The Purpose of her essay was to make the reader intensely consider whether or not college is a wise decision. she takes a strong viewpoint that college is a bad idea. Caroline argues that college is a financially poor investment, which results in unhappiness that does not prepare new adults for the rest of their lives in the “real world”. She supports her claims with strong, …show more content…
Caroline pointed out that is not always the case, you are not guaranteed a job after graduation. She included the statistic that out of thirty student psychology majors only 5 had jobs relating to there major after they graduated. Yet, it can also be argued that the job market is highly competitive and having additional education makes you a better candidate. You will most likely be hired over someone with only a High school diploma. The higher education you have the more opportunities you will have along your career path. To further her argument in regards to financial stability, Caroline and New York banker, Stwphen G. Necel created a scenario; in which a student who invests the money he would have spent on an ivy league university ultimately made $528,200 more than the average college student by the age 64. This is a terrible example. If you have $50,000 lying around to invest, then you most likely do not need to go to college, because you are already well taken are of. Also college today is a lot more affordable than people may originally think. Because of things like scholarships and grants some students may attend college with out any cost to them. They will also finish with a better understanding of themselves and their place in the …show more content…
“College is a waste of time and money” was written in 1975 so Caroline’s facts and evidence are outdated, but the concepts she explores are still very relevant. She is justified in attempting to explain that college is a serious thing to consider and the decision to attend should not be made lightly. I agree that college is not for everyone as society may suggest, but it is definitely not a bad thing. Caroline’s essay has the potential to change the minds of naïve individuals, yet is ruined by bias arguments. By failing to address opposing views within her essay, she allows the reader to do it themselves. Readers who believe college is a logical choice will become close-minded to her arguments. Those who agreed with her may come to question her motives. Carolina is in fact a college graduate and holds a degree form Oxford University, consequently making her making her entire argument a contradiction. Every person decision to attend college is unique, and none of Carolina agreements are sufficient in proving college is not worth the time or

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