Growing up, most parents and educators tell children to be successful and live a happy life you have to attend college. However, this is not always true. People who do not obtain a college degree are not necessarily unsuccessful. Some people are intellectually challenged and have disabilities that do not let them perform at a high level. Also, America’s economy has risen drastically that some households cannot afford college tuition. College is not for everyone, and there are many things students and families should consider before enrolling. College is hard enough for those who are ambitious, however; those who do not want to be there it is almost impossible. One writer states, “I’ve known students who were brilliant but were either incapable of performing the tasks necessary to succeed in required courses or were perhaps unwilling to do so.” (Sobel). The transition from high school to college is a new chapter, because it allows students freedom they have never experienced before. Most new college students cannot understand the realities of living a college life and will not be able to react to the new environment. However, college is not only about education but also about personality, getting involved in clubs and organizations, and being able to be independent. Everyone is not blessed to have the abilities to attend college and do well. There are people who are mentally challenged, lack of study skills, or have some type of disorder. Many people lack the skills and discipline to benefit from attending college. Upon entering college a student is required to take a standardized test, commonly the ACT or SAT. The score you receive on these standardized tests and the outcome of your cumulative GPA will determine if you can get accepted into the college you are interested in attending. Also, the test looks at the student’s ability on how they will succeed in school. An associate professor at Miami University discusses, “In 2012, only 25 percent of the ACT exam takers were ready for college level work in math and science, and 28 percent failed to meet the college readiness benchmark in any of the four subjects in the benchmark” (Sobel). If you lack the skills to take standardized test it may not be a good idea to attend college. College tuition is steadily rising and making finances play a large part in student’s decisions to attend college. Len Penzo states in his article, Smart Spending: 4 Reasons College isn’t For Everyone, “Over the past 30 years, the cost of college has risen more than 1,000%, far outpacing inflation in general.” The price of tuition becomes more difficult, sometimes impossible, for families to decide if they should invest that amount of money for their child’s degree. According to CNN, “To attend an in-state college for the 2012-13 academic year, the average overall cost for students who don't receive any financial aid rose 3.8% to a record $22,261.” (Clark) The rise in tuition steadily increases in other expenses and has pushed public and private schools to a higher peak.
There are many different types of colleges, which include: private, public, community, trade, etc. The type of college you choose to attend matters because each one has different types of degrees and tuition is diverse. Although the federal or state government is willing to lend money to students qualified for receiving financial aid does not mean it is best for them to be in college. Every student will not be able to qualify for financial aid because of the amount of income their parent(s) make which may consider them to get loans. CNN concludes, “Thanks to rising tuition and a tough job market, college seniors graduated with an average of nearly $27,000 in student loan debt last year” (Ellis). Unfortunately, college students obtain debt while attending college and may not be able to pay all of their loans back.
A college degree is not necessary for everyone and students should not feel forced into...
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