College Education in America College has always been part of the American dream. However, the rapid increase of tuition and other costs (housing, textbooks, loans etc.) has made going to college harder than ever. Now, more and more people are choosing not to go to college because of how expensive it is. Yet college degrees are valued so high and are important to many people. Countless people believe that the cost of a higher education in America is worth every penny spent. Is college in America really worth it?
The first thing I wanted to find out was how many people go to colleges and universities in America. To find this information I went to the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) website. …show more content…
If anything, higher education is becoming more important because of the growing requirement for degrees in careers. Many companies are looking for people with degrees, sometimes even more than experience. Based on economy and job projections calculated by Georgetown University, in 2018, approximately 63% of jobs will require some college education or a degree. Also, people with degrees can get paid more for doing the same job. A personal example is my cousin, who works for an advertising agency, gets paid almost 25% less than some coworkers because he hasn’t finished getting his degree. He always complains that he does the same work, if not more than his coworkers, but doesn’t get paid anywhere near what they …show more content…
So they end up taking many classes, classes that are unnecessary, until they figure out what they want to do. In the article “Is College Education Worth It” a con they list is how numerous students do not graduate and waste their time and money. An estimated 44% of students at four-year colleges dropped out according to a study in February 2011. People that drop out waste opportunities to make money at a job they could have worked full-time. They also miss the opportunity of experience and moving up in the business they are working in.
There is so much information that it is tough to completely grasp. There are so many statistics, different values, opposite opinions, and so many different numbers that I am still not sure if a college degree in America is really worth all the trouble we students go through. Maybe I should find out the health aspects of going to college and not going to college. I also feel the need to further explore what the experience of going to college provides. I need to mull all this information in my head before I can answer this question and write my next