Two Years Are Better Than Four Analysis

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Taking the Path Less Traveled Makes All the Difference In the words of Liz Addison’s essay, “Two Years Are Better Than Four,” she emphasizes the benefits of community college before attending a university, saying “The philosophy of the community college and I have been to two of them, is one that unconditionally allows its student to begin.” In Addison’s essay, she explains that the community college system is the better route to take than attending a four year university program right away as many people do right out of high school. Addison uses the memories and thoughts of “Mr. Perlstein from the University of Privilege” to justify her beliefs of community colleges. Community college gives the students a place to begin their educational …show more content…
Graff stresses that students with street smarts have the ability to think critically about the environment around them and apply that which they’ve learned to their advantage. According to Graff, students should only be expected to put their effort into subjects that they find themselves interested in. Each of these essays emphasized the importance of everyone receiving some form of education greater than high school. As stated by Addison and Graff, I believe hard work comes in many forms. Some we are born with and some we must learn. Graff mentions in his essay that students with street smarts are being overlooked by colleges, which he believes to be a missed opportunity. Students who are deemed to be street smart are better off going to community college first because it gives them a place to begin to set the tone of their academic career. Community college leads student in the right path towards their educational …show more content…
Graff explains that “street smart” is a skill that we as the people learn in our everyday lives without even knowing. Sports books are what Graff tells the reader he learned his skills from that are used today. I can relate to this statement because this is how I learned about agriculture. Since I was truly passionate about this subject, I wanted to learn as much as possible about it. People may say “isn’t everyone street smart?” The answer is absolutely. Anyone that is passionate about a subject will automatically learn the skill needed to excel to another level. Learning these skills wasn’t a hassle because learning about it is interesting in a great amount of ways. This type of knowledge is immediately absorbed by a student, like a sponge. During high school, I choose to spend my time raising hogs and judging livestock on a local and state level. At times I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into. As the weeks went on, I found myself learning quickly about the subjects and how to excel in them. Raising hogs has taught me a great deal about responsibility, which can’t be taught in a classroom. Livestock judging helped me with two other crucial skills: public speaking and personal communication, which helped me greatly in college. These types of skills that I learned without a college degree have helped form me into a

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