Graduation Speech : College Is Worth It, And It 's Not Even Close

1020 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Most people avoid college due to the potential debt and unemployment that follows graduation. Statistics prove that job opportunities, financial stability, job security, and intrapersonal skills are higher in college graduates than people who did not attend college. David Leonhardt, current managing editor of The New York Times, and previous editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News, agrees that, “Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable” (102). Within the past year, the pay gap among college graduates and people that didn’t attend college has reached a record high. The accumulation of educational debt will eventually bring in a huge return for those people who do decide to go to college.
Although college can be costly, opportunities and advancements are easier to attain when educated with a college degree. In today’s society the qualifications and standards in acquiring a respected job are more advanced than in the past. When comparing the college and high school graduate, companies statistically favor the college graduate over the individual with only a high school diploma. Aliah Git, author of “High school diploma not enough? More companies want college grads”, shares information on why employers choose college grads over high school grads, “A study by CareerBuilder.com found that some 27 percent of employers have raised their educational…

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