College is Not Always the Key

Staff Writer: Santana Lozano

If I had one word to associate with college that word would be overrated. Many Americans believe college is the most important aspect of life, but I beg to differ. College is not a necessity, but rather a luxury that many people feel obligated to have. There is so much pressure put on kids to go to college after high school.

One reason behind this is because when people hear that your plan doesn’t include college, or that you dropped out, you’re automatically looked down upon and judged. People have glorified college far more than it deserves. Tuition and other fees add up and it ends up costing thousands and thousands of dollars to go to school for a few years.

If you’re filthy rich, this is no problem and you can go to college, live comfortably, learn a lot and it can be really beneficial for you. Though, if you’re middle class or lower class, it puts you in immediate debt. Before your life even starts, you’re completely broke. Because of this, you feel obligated to get a job and so now you’re living poorly, working all the time to try to pay off your debt, and at the same time trying to focus on school so that all that money doesn’t go to waste.

This is why I don’t see how shying away from this lifestyle is so frowned upon. Some people don’t see that as a desirable path to take. Some people see better opportunities for themselves and have to follow their hearts. Some people simply do not enjoy school. What’s wrong with that? We are all different and unique in our own way; so why does society try to get us all to do the same thing? When students earn bad grades in high school and complain about going, they’re judged for being lazy, ungrateful, and unintelligent.

Though, maybe school just isn’t for them. Maybe their mind and skills don’t conform to what teachers assign every day in class. Maybe the kids who have a dream of being a photographer don’t see the benefits of learning the parts of a cell or how to graph an exponential function. Maybe some kids don’t see the point in spending years learning material that they will forget and that doesn’t benefit their future career. This is why I don’t see how it is so horrible to stop going to school after high school, especially if it is thousands of dollars to do so. If school is not your passion, then why pay to go down that path?

The truth is that college isn’t best for EVERYBODY. Sure, if you like school or need it to follow your dream, you should go to college. Though, if you don’t find it beneficial to you, you shouldn’t feel obligated to go. At the end of the day, it is YOUR life and it shouldn’t matter to you who will look down on you, as long as you know you’re going in the right direction for you.

Quotes:

“I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.” – Dodie Smith

“The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up on their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt.” – Bernie Sanders

“A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.” – Dan Rather

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Picture symbolizing life after high school when college is just ahead.

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