Is College Worth It? Pros and Cons

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?

Death Penalty: Right or Wrong

The debate on whether the death penalty should be allowed has been a controversial topic for years. I have my own opinions on what I think about the topic, but of course I must cover both sides of the arguments in order to properly state my peace. Before I go into the pros and cons, I want to give a little background information on the death penalty. Majority death penalty cases in the United States involved murder. Other crimes such as treason, or espionage has been punishable under the death penalty as well, capital murder has been the number one crime that gets the death penalty. They are put to death by lethal injection.

People who are pro death penalty says it’s an important tool because it cost less than life in prison. The justice system will always seek low cost tools that are effective versus something that is higher in price range and effective. They want to keep the cost down. Those people who are on death row will be sitting in jail for a long time before they are put to death anyway. The term “eye for an eye” works in this scenario (Again, no other crime is being thought about except for capital murder). They feel like the death penalty will honor the victim, help grieving families heal, and ensure society that the perpetrator won’t have the opportunity to commit the heinous crime again.

People who are opposed to the death penalty says otherwise. They aren’t thinking the same things that people who are pro death penalty are thinking. They are thinking about the power it gives the justice system. They don’t think that it has any long-term effects on crime. They could easily target people of color and people who could not afford good attorneys. They aren’t worried about the cost of how much it will cost to keep someone locked up for life in prison versus the death penalty. They are more concerned with social justice fairness.

I have studied and researched both arguments and growing up and learning something on my own, I concluded that I am on the opposed side to the death penalty. I do understand why this can be controversial and debatable because I had to sit and think about my decision. I don’t think the government should be in control of taking someone else life. Also, life in prison is a much harder punishment then the death penalty because you’re punishing that person’s family and not so much the person. If they get the death penalty, they aren’t here to see the “good” effects of it. Their family and loved ones shouldn’t have to pay for their crimes.

Should The USA Have The Electoral College Process?

I want to discuss the electoral college. It’s a very controversial topic because some people approve of it and some people don’t. Although, I understands both sides of the argument, I do have an opinion on what I think of the electoral college.

One of the pros to having an electoral college system is that the founding fathers placed it in the constitution because they felt that it was the best method in choosing the president. The felt the purpose of the electoral college was to put up protection or a safeguard against uneducated and ununiformed voters by giving the final say to electors that had the necessary information to make the best decision. Also, to prevent states with larger populations having a big impact on the decision of who becomes president and it serves as a compromise between letting the popular vote and congress choose president. Another pro for having an electoral college is that it makes it possible for every part of the country to be apart of selecting the president. If the election depended solely on the popular vote, then I guess that would mean some areas would be ignored such as farms and more metropolitan areas would be favored in voting for the president. Rural areas and small towns would marginalize versus highly dense areas. This will happen because when people are running for president, they must build a campaign platform with a national focus. In conclusion, this means the winner will be serving the needs for the entire country and if the electoral college helps with building the campaign so, that it’s possible for everyone can vote. The obvious pro of the electoral college is that they guarantee that there will be a president elected. The electoral process can give presidents more credibility because it can create a large directive for them.

Now it’s time to get into the cons of the electoral college. One of the major cons about the electoral college is related to one of the pros about the electoral college. Although the founding fathers placed this process in the constitution, the reason behind it is no longer relevant today. Modern technology has made a huge impact on how voters can receive their knowledge on information about the presidential election. The electoral college was created to stop any bias decisions that were being made. Another con is the electoral college gives too much power to the swing states. The two main political parties can count on certain states to win the election. For an example, California for democratic and Indiana for republic. These states are solely what they are, and the presidents don’t worry about gaining that states popular vote. The main concern or con about the electoral college is that it ignores the will of the people. This is very self-explanatory. Hilary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 election, but Donald Trump still won. That wasn’t the first time that had happened to her. Obviously, the people had wanted her to be president, but the electoral college wanted it to be Donald Trump.

If I had to choose a side, I would say I’m in between. I don’t think the electoral college process is totally bad, but there are glitches and adjustments that do need to be attended to so the will of the people aren’t being ignored. So, we can have a president that everyone is proud of. Also, I do like the fairness that it was intended for so, like I said some adjustments will need to happen because the reason for it being started is no longer relevant. It needs to keep up with modern society if it’s going to work. We have millions of people in the USA and 538 people that are on the electoral college board shouldn’t have the final say. I do think we need a new compromise.

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