Transition Model

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In high school, it seems like the only thing that anyone wants you to do with your life afterwards is go to a four year university.
But, we are all here, are we not? It is not a universal model.
Getting an education is widely seen as beneficial, but many negative aspects to the university model have grown over the years and it is important to ask educational leaders for change.
Today, I will tell you about the current supply and demand of higher education, the effect it is having on adolescents, and why we need to change this model.
Transition Statement: First, I will discuss the transformation of college.

The supply and demand in the university market has grown exponentially.
There are thousands of students graduating every year
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In the Journal of Higher Education, 2016, it states that, “at least 80% of high school students aspire to earn bachelor’s degrees… [but] the percentage of young adults who attend college is much lower. In terms of actual completion… only 38% of 25- to 34-year-old adults [possess] college degrees” (Cox 2).
Transition Statement: Furthermore, we will go over what this transformation is doing.

Competition to get into a good school has increased due to supply and demand, which negatively impacts adolescents.
Teens are being overscheduled by spending all of their time building up resumes and attending extracurricular activities, while still studying and getting the highest possible grades.
This pressure has a negative psychological and physical impact.
It is starting to become known as a public health issue.
According to the Journal of College Admission, 2013, “Instances of depression, stress-related insomnia, stomachaches, and headaches have been widely reported, along with high-rates of concurrent substance abuse and other risky behaviors” (Redding 34).
It is an incredibly important developmental period at that age and students are barely getting any
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According to the Journal of College Admission, 2013, “With 12 blank spaces to fill on the Common Application, students and parents have received a signal that that this is an important aspect of being the kind of “well-rounded” student the guidebooks often recommend” (Redding 34).
Counselors and staff need to dispute this frenzy by showing students that they have multiple options besides college.

In conclusion, as students ourselves, and as current or future parents, it should be critical for us to ask our educational leaders for a change.
Today we discussed the increasing supply and demand of universities and the effect it is having on young adults, as well as how this model does not benefit our society.
Facts like these are detrimental to the United States youth and their physical, mental, and economic situation.
With the recent election, and elections to come, it is important to look at the issues candidates and amendments deal with about education, and we can all push our schools to do

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