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Does college guarantee success?

February 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Education, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( In today’s society we are taught to finish school, go to college, and obtain a career in order to reach the “american dream”, but who’s dream are we really living? Success is not something determined by a degree. Look at Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and even Jay-Z they did not receive college degrees but are just as successful as those who obtained a degree. The problem with the whole college equals success equation is that academic education is not the answer for everyone. Each person is different no two individuals are the same what may work for you may not work for others.

Attending college has become the socially demanded path lead for my generation as well as future generations. While I do believe that college can lead to success, I do not think college is for everyone. Being a college student myself I can speak more with things that I have witnessed. I’ve seen some who come to college as a getaway from home so that they can party and whatever else they choose to do on their time. While I’ve seen some others who come to college in hopes of changing their lives and to get better opportunities in life, they study and turn in all their assignments on time. I have said all of this to say we are all different and what works for you may not work for me.

I do not “knock” college at all being that I am a full time college student myself, I just feel as though for some it is a waste of an assload of money. I have reasoning to back up why I think college is a waste for some. First, college does not teach you how to think, you are sitting in a class with hundreds of students reading the same exact book and witnessing the same lecture and regurgitating things back to an instructor, that is not learning but instead memorizing information. Dr. David Parrott discusses how colleges also respond to when more conservative views are silenced, and how freedom of speech isn’t always as straightforward as it seems when it comes to places like college.

Second, you do not receive a scholarship to the school of your choice you must then figure out a way to fund your education at that institute. Which means loans, loans, and more loans. Student loans are the nightmare of every college student, they take decades to pay off depending on the amount of loans you acquire over time.

I hear a lot of people say after college I can pay everything back, but that is not realistic. Depending on your career upon graduation from college, a lot of people do not make much money while others do not even get a career in their field and eventually in debt. Education is crucial, college is not. You can learn and obtain information on your own you do not need some instructor giving you things to regurgitate back while charging an arm and a leg to just speak from a powerpoint, paper, or book. College is necessary for those in numerous other fields, if you feel the passion to make your dreams and goals come true by living out your dreams then by all means do so.

Staff Writer; Myra Moore

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