The overwhelming cost of college has caused high school students debating whether to continue pursuing a higher education. Many of these high school students have decided that the price of the accumulated debt is not worth the investment, and end up choosing a full-time employment without a college degree. It is, however, important to invest on knowledge because it edifies and sets a base for the future. To fully comprehend how important it is to invest on higher education, one must be aware of the value and the rates of return for each individual.
College for an incoming freshman is exciting, however, it is often focused on the social aspect such as the connections that can be attained through Greek life, parties and independence. Due to the social interactions, freshmen tend to drop out of college after their first year. Focusing on what college is meant for can prevent these situations. The pressures of college such as impressing parents, and maintain a high standard GPA-wise can lead to stress and freeze a student from achieving the proper academic performance. During the mid 1900s, college was considered more of a luxury than anything; people would attend college exclusively to acquire knowledge in hopes of obtaining a career after graduation. People in the twenty-first century, however, attend college to get away from home and enjoy freedom at parties. Education is taken lightly, and those who feel that education isn’t the main focus of college should not apply for sakes of the greater good.
When someone mentions the term college, immediately thoughts are specifically directed to education and academics. How outrageous would it be if college were focused on socializing, partying and freedom? It would defeat the purpose of being taught. College is far more than socializing and creating life long friendships. Granted it is important to establish networks with certain people, college’s main purpose is to educate.
“Education is the knowledge of putting one’s potential to maximum use.” (cite)Many say that a human is incomplete without the instruction of knowledge. Education is the preparation of a human mind. We are skilled with making decisions when given resourceful information. College provides this resourceful information through academics. Without an education it is as if we walk life blindly looking out from one specific window, yet colleges can open doors and windows to the outside world. It is the educated that perceive the world differently and have the opportunity to make an impact. So and so says… “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”(cite)
Enriching ones mind with knowledge opens a network of skills. Confidence is an important factor that is well reached for most college students; many of them have a sense of how to deal with the public. “A report published by the Carnegie Foundation, non-monetary individual benefits of higher education include the tendency for postsecondary...