The Benefits Of College: To Go Or Not To Go?

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College, an important part of the education system, has many benefits, but may not assist every student’s educational or life goals. Students, especially High School students contemplating college, should consider alternatives before attending college directly after High School. These alternatives include taking a gap year, or more, to acquire work and life experiences, or use non-traditional education methods to study potential subjects. If students decide to attend college, they should have a purpose and a plan.
College has many benefits, financially college graduates earn around $17,000 more than their High school graduate counterparts (Caumont). Andrea Caumont also examines the differences in job satisfaction, and career-track, both questions finding higher percentages in those who acquired at least a bachelor degree. This evidence alone would lead, and has led, many students to pursue a college degree, but this does not consider other arguments.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of college has risen by
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While writing “College: To Go or Not to Go?” Ryan Westwood examines the value of college, considering cases like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The benefits of college go beyond a degree, Westwood claims, the networking opportunity can benefit everyone. Asking oneself ““How can this environment move me closer to my career goals?”” is crucial to a successful college education Westwood asserts. Jennifer Ludden emphasizes the drastic differences in wages between college graduates and non-college graduates. Ludden shares a personal narrative of Michael Benton, a student who discovered job opportunities were lacking in his degree field and switched majors. Ludden ends by stressing college majors are important to success after college. How should students then decide if they should go to college? Take a gap

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