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The Price Of Education Essay

920 words - 4 pages

As I stand here, brushing my teeth, the reflection in the mirror looking back at me is not the girl who I once was. When I was in high school, I dreamt of becoming a wildlife biologist, the person who would study pandas in China and repopulate the endangered species of South America. I would go to college in Alaska, studying the endless wildlife, and going on to pursue graduate work, perfecting my techniques. After that, I would study abroad in pursuit of my doctorate degree, working with top-notch animal behaviorists, learning the ropes to expanding my own research. My sixteen-year-old self did not realize how much that would cost me. While growing up, people told me to dream big because I could do anything I set my mind to. Although this is true, to a certain degree, what they did not inform me of was just how costly my dreams could be. I am not alone in the degradation of dreams due to the expense of higher education. As I think about what I am pursuing now, I wonder as to what my life would look like if post secondary education were free, or even much more affordable.
Higher education is the social norm in 21st century America. Kids are expected go to school for thirteen years, graduate, and go to college. Most four-year degrees at any university are so broad that they require graduate work to have a career in specific field. The average tuition for a four-year university to receive a Bachelor’s Degree is around $80,000, without loan interest. Adding another two years of education to that, and now the average total is $100,000. I find it difficult to believe that a significant number of college-aged students and their families have that much money and can afford to send once child through school, much less additional children. Not everyone can afford the price of higher education and those people never have the opportunity to follow their dreams and create a new life for themselves. If tuition were free or more affordable, people would not be limited in their abilities. Affordable tuition would benefit all. If not all levels of higher education are affordable, at least a four-year degree should be. A person virtually cannot get a job that pays enough to life comfortably without having a degree in something.
As a first world country, it is the social responsibility of the government to educate its’ people, in order to better our nation. As of now, the United States of America is setting up its’ citizens to fail. It seems as though the top one percent of our nation is doing well in their endeavors: going to Ivy League universities, becoming CEO’s...

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