Is College Worth the Money?
Imagine telling a student who just graduated from college that you have wasted four years of hard, stressful and even worse, expensive work. Unfortunately, in this cynical society today, the world isn’t just full of competitors, but it’s full of greedy money-grabbing businesses. The worst businesses aren’t manufacturing or electric companies, but colleges and universities. In Caroline Bird’s essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money,” she examines how college has been viewed for so long as the best place to send high school grads no matter whether they actually want to go or not. She adds that students don’t realize how much college costs and are wasting their parents time and money, which is especially a horrible thing to waste. Now that the economy is better since September 11th and states have been stabilizing their budget debts, it doesn’t make sense that tuition prices higher than ever for college students.
When people think of college, they often think of their education like they had when they were in high school and grammar school. But colleges and universities aren’t schools. They’re all businesses. College isn’t paid for through taxes or government funded. It comes from our pockets. But other countries like Australia, England, Ireland and Germany run their colleges and universities just like a high school. Every person goes to the same college and it’s paid for through their government taxes. A college education is no longer an option, but it’s vital. The competition of getting a decent job is increasing and it’s almost impossible to find a high paying job without a bachelor's degree, which means more money goes to the already rich universities. It’s going to take a long time for a student to pay off their debts for their college education.
Many college students and parents would feel that college is a waste of money because they are, first of all, learning subjects irrelevant to their intended career. College tuition has increased twice as fast as the overall cost of living. Of course, the typical college response, such as The University of Dayton’s, is that they want each student to be a “well-rounded person.” When graduation arrives, some students feel that they are weak in their career because more time could have been spent on learning within their field of study and less time on wasteful high school general education classes. “If we care what happens to students after college, then lets get involved with what should be one of the basic purposes of education: career preparation” (Bird). The parents or students have to pay almost $20,000 a year to take classes that have close to nothing to do with their major to fulfill a general educational requirement. The student could go to school for only two years and pay $40,000, but The University of Dayton wants more money. Therefore, the student has to pay around $80,000 to get a piece of paper called a diploma, which can only sometimes be...