February 22, 2013
The Real Value of a College Education
In today’s society, nearly every senior high school student is expected to continue their education by going to college. Campuses are admitting the highest number of freshmen than ever before while at the same time cutting down on the amount of class offered. Therefore, it is no surprise that the value of a college education has declined in the last couple years in respect to gaining academia knowledge; however, I believe it still holds great value in other aspects. A college education is not just beneficial for landing that great paying job; I believe it is also beneficial for personal growth, character, social interactions, and networking. Going to college and receiving a degree is empowering, but in order to increase the value of a college education, the problem within the system must first be addressed. In “Academically Adrift,” written by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, the two authors discuss the reasons for a decline in higher learning. One of the first reasons mentioned is the lack of effort and desire students have to go to college or stay enrolled in college. They state that many high school students and young adults are practically “expected” to go to college regardless of their effort put in high school or their grade point average. This has an alarming affect on the students’ academic performance their first year in college. Arum and Roksa write, “Although growing proportions of high school graduates are entering higher education, many are not prepared for college-level work and many others have no clear plan for the future.” In a study done by James Rosenbaum, 46 percent of the sample, consisting of more than two thousand high school seniors, agreed with the statement: “Even if I do not work hard in high school, I can still make my future plans come true.” However, in another study summarizing the experiences of most freshmen, the majority agreed with: “I just wasn’t ready. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do.” The impact on this “college for all” mentality has caused many ill-prepared and unqualified students to drift through college by any means necessary, and that almost always includes setting the bar low enough to pass with that C. Take me for example. I am currently in my last semester of school with an overall gpa of 3.1 (which is ok considering I’m a math and finance major). However, I know that it could’ve been much better. I know that what screwed me over was my freshman year. I ditched class often, I did my homework with minimal effort, and studied for exams just a couple hours the night before. I ended up with straight C’s, maybe a B here and there, all due to the fact that I wasn’t prepared for college; and not only that, I simply didn’t even care. I wasn’t sure what I wanted then, so why try hard? I believe many incoming students have this kind of mentality. There is simply no ambition, no motivation, and no desire to be in school, which causes many students to become academically adrift, or worse, just fail.
In a similar case, Professor X also mentions that his students have no desire to be in his class. In his piece, “In the Basement of the Ivory Tower,” he writes as a college English professor who notices that his students have little to no motivation to be in his classroom to learn. He works at a “college of last resort” where many students simply just landed in because it was conveniently located between home and work. He states, “Those I teach don’t come up in the debates about adolescent overachievers and cutthroat college admissions. Mine are the students whose applications show indifferent grades and have blank spaces where the extracurricular activates would go.” Many students take Eng 101 and 102 not because they want to, but because they have to. Many of his students need the credits before becoming state troopers or qualifying for raises, and others need it for advances at work. Whatever the...
...Value Of A CollegeEducation
According to Lundberg (2003), "adult students are one of the most rapidly growing segments of today's college student population, making up approximately 40% of all college students" (665).
Having a collegeeducation is an important tool that contributes to several aspects of a person's life. The areas that are impacted the most would be the professional and personal areas. It is important to learn the value of a collegeeducation in order to take advantage of what you learn and how to productively apply it in your personal and professional life. Having a collegeeducation is something that can always be looked at as a positive achievement that feels good and looks good on a resume. Earning a college degree can provide a lifetime of rewards and unlike most other consumer purchases such as a car, will only appreciate in value, not depreciate.
According to Vocational Training News (2003), despite the current economic climate, college students say having technology skills will greatly increase their employment potential (6). The job market is constantly changing each year. Jobs are now more competitive and having a college degree seems to be a necessity for most which is why having a...
...The Value of a CollegeEducation
The value of a collegeeducation should not be under estimated. Behind many of the doors that are closed to non-college graduates lie the opportunities that can mean the difference between wanting to hit the snooze on the alarm clock for the fifth time and wanting to get up out of bed and get to work. The pursuit of a collegeeducation will have many impacts on one's personal life. There are sacrifices that will have to be made. These sacrifices include time away from family and friends, financial setbacks because of the cost of tuition, and the stress associated with keeping up with schedules. However, there are also benefits after receiving a college degree. These benefits include the doors that are opened to college graduates, self-esteem, and the many professional opportunities that become available. So the value of a collegeeducation cannot be calculated in dollars alone. There are other factors such as job satisfaction and self-esteem that make having a collegeeducation worth the cost.
The pursuit of a collegeeducation can have many effects on a student's personal life. The sacrifices that will have to be made to earn a college degree will be plentiful and...
...todays society, having a collegeeducation is one of the single most important factors when applying for a job. Employers expect at the minimum for applicants to have an Associates degree. However, many employers prefer hiring individuals who have obtained a bachelors degree or higher. In “Are Too Many People Going to College?”, Charles Murray discusses the importance of Americans sharing the same basic core knowledge (223). Having acollege degree makes an individual more money than an individual who just has a high school diploma. It provides people with a wide variety of opportunity regarding career paths and educational experiences. Those who obtain a college degree often times have a more secure future regarding their job and if they decide to advance to a different job. With a degree individuals have the will power to move a different job without worrying about not meeting certain job requirements. Lastly, having a college degree secures an individual future by providing an educational safety net. Although critics claim that the cost of college is overwhelming, all people should seek a higher education after high school.
In “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?”, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus discuss the current hardship that many college students face-student loans (179). Many people cannot afford to go to their...
...The Value of a CollegeEducation
The true meaning of value will be realized for me, when I have received my degree. That piece of paper will represent my commitment and my passion to exceed in the direction my life has taken me. The ticket to enjoy that thrilling ride will be available via that piece of paper provided to all graduating students. The importance of education has many features which scan deep in my history and mold the future I had planned to reach.
In my young life, I had no conception for the true meaning of education. I felt that if a person had ten years of experience they would be proficient in their field. What I have learned is many of those people had one year of experience and nine years of doing the same routine. Where is the growth, where is the challenge. I have chose to challenge myself in continuing my education with a degree in business for the simple reason that I know my strengths and now I plan to increase those gifts. As important as my personal value in education, my children can appreciate the understanding of what takes place in your mature life when you are suited with the armor of education. Their mommy graduated from college but daddy is doing that very important task later in life. I can only imagine where my life would have led me if I would have had the same desire for my...
...a master degree in university, but you have a lack of social skills and is not able to communicate with people very well. It’s very likely that you will loose the opportunities that you can potentially gain.
I have a strong thought on this because my dad grew up in a family where he was one of the poorest out of the people around him. He was not able to continue his education to high school. He never believed that an education would destine him to become a unsuccessful man. He was able to use the skill of speaking to new faces and recognising the way those people can support him in different ways. Getting to know more people means gaining him more opportunities, and he never really stopped. He has had his difficult times, but he managed to get a grip in his life. I’m not putting myself in a position saying that education is not important, but I believe that being able to communicate in a intelligent method would be the first priority in life or in school. You don’t need a university degree or A* stars to gain a successful life because they are just a red mark on a piece of paper.
My conclusion is, education and knowledge is a very convenient tool. It will give you a boost, but having the skill to recognise faces and pushes yourself forward to the people that are able to help you is a very pivotal key. Personally, I would put having a well developed social mind-set above having a good academic degree. Of course,...
English 1301 – Essay 3
March 2, 2015
The Value of a Higher Education
According to “TeenLife Blog,” averages of 2,350,000 students enroll to college per year but only 1,750,000 will graduate. With these astonishing numbers it makes me fearful as a student and as a member of society. Is it wrong to question what one is doing with their life if they don’t graduate? Does dropping out mean one can’t be successful and financially stable? There are many exceptions to specific people who didn’t need an education for example, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. The value of a higher education comes with determination and perseverance; not everyone has these qualities because college is not for everyone.
The value of education means to appreciate knowledge and the outcomes that one would receive from finishing their degree. There are more opportunities from getting a higher education for example better careers, higher self-esteem and stability. One can be self- aware about the person they want to be by learning more about their goals and be fulfilled about the decisions they made to better their lives. In the article “Is College the new high school?” by Vauihini Vara, Obama says, “You came to college to learn about the world and to engage with new ideas and to discover the things you’re passionate...
...College, Is it worth your time and money?
As one grows older, one must realize every major decision has an impact on ones future. Education has been around for many years, only to have a positive effect on society. Education is the foundation of success if you have goals and high expectations, one can fulfill them through education.
The fact that the “United States has long been viewed as a land of opportunity, particularly in access to higher education,” (Johnson). There should be no reason students do not apply themselves towards college. Many colleges entering high school conferences they give an early view to students, with pamphlets, flyers and free pens. Johnson states that there are bright youths and everyone is equally deserving of a collegeeducation. “The haves and the have-nots cannot be separated by degrees of inequality..,” thus is no exclusion why everyone cannot have the right to attend college. Only when students who are not prepared, they may fail (Johnson). Education is the door for opportunities, regardless of ones background.
Furthermore, college is a way to raise employers’ income elves. “On average, economists find that college raises wages by about 15-30 percent (Ferenstein). Considering that employers are willing to pay more to students with a degree should be...
...What is education? Is it just knowledge in basic skills, academics, and citizenship… or is it something else? In a broad sense, education is a lifelong process which includes all the experiences we have obtained from formal and informal agencies. Yet, the message of education today is manipulated by so-called “star tutors.” No longer is education stressed on developing students’ inner potentials, on benefiting the state, and creating an enlightened, just, democratic society. The aims of education have been forgotten as our minds have been adjusted to the concept of getting high marks. Moreover, education has been affected by other factors including the government, society, and the economy. In this essay, I will argue that education cannot be immune from political, social, philosophical, and economic factors with reference of the movie Aarkshan.
Social and Political
Throughout history, India has always been known as a country with a prominent caste system . Whatever caste a person was born into, they were stuck with it till the end of their life; there was practically no social mobility (rare cases) and no social interaction among different castes. To make matters worse, the system was reinforced with British colonialism in the 17th century. Fortunately, in modern India, a person would not normally know the caste of another person until you’ve openly asked about the status...