Some say it’s the biggest decision of your life: picking higher education or live without. And we always hear how with the expanding world, job opportunities are becoming less and less. We’ve been told at a very young age that college is the only way to succeed. Is that necessarily true? Before coming to Whitewater I was unsure as well, but I figured while I have the opportunity I should take advantage of it. I don’t want to be 40 with kids and realizing I have to go back to college to improve my living situation. Because I am a college student, you most likely know my position on this topic.
Let's start off with the opposing side. People who contest to college bring up arguments like unbelievably high loans, delays from saving for retirement, from buying a house, and from marriage. Most high school graduates convince themselves of their choice by referring to the saying, “many successful people never went to college.” What do they mean by successful? Are they successfully happy or are they successfully rich? This claim makes people more satisfied with their decision. Today, to have a decent income without a college degree one must either be an entrepreneur or involved with some sort of management. Even then, there is a major financial risk with that. Also, if college graduates are more likely to make bigger earnings then they would have a better time saving for retirement and a house. The advantage is that it could be a bigger house or bigger savings than one of a high school graduate. With marriage, it’s almost invalid because college graduates are more likely to develop better interpersonal skills and with that would they would make time to marry the person they love. Unlike high school graduates, they may be working more and have stressful financial situations which delays THEM to be married.
I believe that college is worth it because of the fact that there are higher employment rates, bigger salaries, better work benefits, more likely to achieve a major milestone, produce healthier children, and better chance to live longer. It really makes sense. According to a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more higher education you receive you make a higher income and have less of a chance of unemployment. The benefits go beyond earnings too. Almost all college grads with jobs in their field, receive medical and dental benefits at least. With that, they are likely to live longer because they have those benefits and can retire at a good age rather than working their whole life which wears on the body. College grads also produce healthier children not only because they have those benefits, but because with a higher income there is less stress on the family and that can affect the development of children. A major life milestone will happen because they have more going on in their life that they can achieve with the skills they learned from school.