Essay On Millennials

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The higher education system in the United States has been evolving for decades. During the seventies, from the after effect of multiple US conflicts and invasions, second wave feminism, social protest, and globalization, going to a college or university after high school was slowly becoming the norm. Today, the vast majority of kids are planning on continuing their education after high school. When students are coming out of college with thousands of dollars in debt, it begs the question, is the education worth the cost? What if it delays a family and a life that can be started without any monetary inhibitor? Some argue that the American Dream of the millennials is not so focused on family life and more on what their education can give them …show more content…
The years that define a millennials vary greatly depending on whom you’re talking to. Some define it as people born between 1977-1994, 1976-1990, or 1978-1998, but for all intents and purposes, I define being a millennial as someone coming of age around 2000; it’s someone who grew up with and without technology in their childhood (Haughn). As millennials, our idea of the American Dream differs from the aforementioned typical, cookie cutter American Dream. We are called the “Me Generation” for a reason.
Again, to restate, “The boomer mentality goes like this: get a good education. Get a well-paying full-time job. Find a stable partner. Buy a house and a car. Preferably, have a child. Failing any stage of this process is a reflection of your self-worth and indicates a lack of moral fibre” (Robertson). Millennials don’t have that need to provide for others, at least, not yet. We are “purpose-driven and looking for work that is personally fulfilling, not just materially fulfilling” (Garnett). Millennials go to school because they want to get a job they enjoy and know that a high school diploma won’t get them
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Forbes, quite a distinguished magazine, says “if you don’t have a degree it’s almost impossible to get a job at brand name companies because they filter you out in their HR databases if you don’t” (Schwabel). Many studies have shown that a Master’s or Doctorate still pays off in the long run. A study from the Pew Research Center shows that a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree earned an average of $3,836 per month in 2012, compared to a Master’s Degree of $4,772 and a Doctorate of $5,799 (a 124% and a 151% increase) (Fry). So it’s clear that getting a higher degree will still wreak benefits.
Another study (see next page) shows that really any amount of higher education pays off in the long run. The article linked with this infographic states, “none of this suggests college is a bad idea: People who went to college get paid more than people who didn 't and end up with a positive return on their investment. But that partly reflects just how bad things have gotten for less-educated workers and doesn 't necessarily signify wild success for people with bachelor 's degrees”

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