This is an argument that I can relate too. This is probably one of the most relatable things that I may ever blog about because I went to college and have questioned it myself. I have done my research and saw the pros and cons to both sides and have came to my own conclusion about if college is worth it.
I’ll start with the pros because it’s always good to start with the benefits of something (Unless you’re in a job interview. Always start with the weakness first so you don’t leave a bad taste in the employer’s mouth). Everything that I’m saying is based on research. One of the pros is that young adult that attend college learn interpersonal skills. Students have the opportunity to interact with other students, staff, join clubs, and take part in discussions a debate’s which contributes to them developing interpersonal skills. Another pro to attending college is college allows students to explore career options. Colleges offer internships, career services, job fairs, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of college course work that will provide and prepare students for employment. Statistics shows that approximately 80% of college graduates who completed an internship in college was able to get obtain a career because of the experience it was able to provide them with. Also, learning is always worthwhile. College forces students to learn new ideas, ask questions, meet people, to think, imagine. They come to college as one person and leave college as another person.
As there are pros to going to college, there are cons to college as well. Student debt can be overwhelming for students. Also, college students who graduate often work in jobs that do not require a college degree or its not in the field that they went to school for. Also, many people succeed without college degrees. People start their own businesses that take off, or they find really great jobs, it’s loopholes to a lot of things without a college degree. (Ex: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney) Sometimes, many students do not graduate and they waste a lot of their own money and the government money. Also, college is unaffordable to some people. Some people don’t have access to the funds to be able to afford to go to college. The benefit of a bachelor’s degree have been diluted by employers over the years because they are requiring more requirements from students.
As a graduate of college with a bachelor’s degree in English and a film studies Minor, I have to agree with the cons side of things because I am seeing this side of things. Maybe it’s because of my chosen major, but an English major is universal and I think employers and people in general underestimate the value of an English major. I graduated in 2017 and I have yet to find a job that will allow me to use my degree. I am going to be going for my masters in something nonrelated to English and I will be going to get my real estate license. I am still going to pursue my dreams of becoming a writer, but I have to strategize and do things differently. Also, I have unpaid student loans that I can’t afford. As of right now, I am unemployed. I will admit, college has taught me a lot about myself. It has provided me with the necessary tools to be able to communicate properly in the real world, and I do have the degree (not many people can say that). Things will change for me and maybe I will see some of the pros because there are more than what I listed, but as of now it didn’t really do me any justice.
How about everyone else?