Is College Worth the Money? Essay

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Is College Worth the Money?

Imagine telling a student who just graduated from college that you have wasted four years of hard, stressful and even worse, expensive work. Unfortunately, in this cynical society today, the world isn’t just full of competitors, but it’s full of greedy money-grabbing businesses. The worst businesses aren’t manufacturing or electric companies, but colleges and universities. In Caroline Bird’s essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money,” she examines how college has been viewed for so long as the best place to send high school grads no matter whether they actually want to go or not. She adds that students don’t realize how much college costs and are wasting their parents time and money, which is
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College tuition has increased twice as fast as the overall cost of living. Of course, the typical college response, such as The University of Dayton’s, is that they want each student to be a “well-rounded person.” When graduation arrives, some students feel that they are weak in their career because more time could have been spent on learning within their field of study and less time on wasteful high school general education classes. “If we care what happens to students after college, then lets get involved with what should be one of the basic purposes of education: career preparation” (Bird). The parents or students have to pay almost $20,000 a year to take classes that have close to nothing to do with their major to fulfill a general educational requirement. The student could go to school for only two years and pay $40,000, but The University of Dayton wants more money. Therefore, the student has to pay around $80,000 to get a piece of paper called a diploma, which can only sometimes be useful to tell you the direction of the wind.

The most important reason of going to college is to get a good job. However, going to college and earning a degree doesn’t guarantee an individual is going to get a job after graduation or even at all. Depending on the career chosen, it could be hard in “the real world” for graduates to find a well-paid

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