College is the word that we hear every day. People go to college for many reasons.
Some of them believe that college will help to find a good job in the future, some of them want college to improve their English skills, or some of them want to challenge themselves to get scholarships in college, and some of them just go to college to make new friends and improve life skills. Since college is very useful. However, Carolin Bird, the author of the article “College is a Waste of Time and Money” has the differ thinking. She does not think that college is important. She states “They are there because it has become the thing to do or because college is a pleasant place to be; because it’s the only way they can get their parents or taxpayers to support them without working at a job they don’t like; because mother want them to go, or some other reason entirely irrelevant to the course of studies for which college is supposedly organized” (Bird p.
247). She wants to persuade the readers that not all college students are in college for the same reason that is the education experience. Caroline points that getting a college diploma doesn’t guarantee someone to reach success. This is not true.
College is a fundamental stage during someone’s life, even though in the world, there are still have many famous people who did not choose to go to college, but they still succeed on their own ways such as Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates; however, they are not us, and we are not them. Everyone has a path to success, and the good path is go to college, not only because we learn academic skills, but also life skills. College is really important in our lives, since it guides our future. We need college to develop ourselves! Even though, it is true that the fee for college is not cheap, and not everyone can pay for it, but there are always have some ways to solve this problem such as loans, grants, scholarship, and so on. Thus, the author is wrong in saying that college is waste because following Pew Research Center in the article “Is College Worth It?” shows “At the same time, however, an overwhelming majority of college graduates—86%—say that college has been a good investment for them personally.” Besides, Bird is still wrong when she argues that people with without college degrees have almost the same chances of getting a job after college than people with a college degree.
According to the Pew Research Center “Adults who graduated from a four-year college believe that, on average, they are earning $20,000 more a year as a result of having gotten that degree. Adults who did not attend college believe that, on average, they are earning $20,000 a year less as a result.” (The article “Is College Worth It?”). Moreover, According to the Bureau of Labor “The median weekly earnings of workers aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree was $834, compared with $507 for workers whose highest level of educational attainment was a high school diploma or equivalent”(Dohm and Wyatt), so the benefits for attending to a college is real. Absolutely, a worker who graduated from college always gets higher paying jobs easier than the one with high school diploma. The reason is high paying jobs are physicians, lawyers, and engineers require more skills that a person with high school diploma certain does not have these skills to meet the requirements.
Therefore, college does not only provide academic skills, but also the skills needed for high paying jobs. Not at all, Bird believes that all students do not feel volunteer for go to college by addressing the definition of one sociologist about an institution that is “an arrangement everyone accept without questions; the burden of proof is not on why you go, but why anyone thinks there might be a reason for not going.” (Bird p.250).
Nevertheless, the author does not give the name of that sociologist or even provide the source where this definition came from, so her argument do not strong enough to convince the readers. In fact, most the students are in college because they need a college degree to get the job that they want to work. Again, according to the Pew Research Center “Among survey respondents who graduated from a four-year college, 74% say their college education was very useful in helping them grow intellectually; 69% say it was very useful in helping them grow and mature as a person; and 55% say it was very useful in helping them prepare for a job or career.” (the article “Is College Worth It?”).
In other words, more doors will open with the one who has a college degree than someone without one. College is also an environment where students can make new friends, and share a lot of things together. Not as the author insists that students are in college to know more people and make friends to have fun.
College is not only good as a social value, but also a business value, since when students meet new friends who have the same interests, then they can share ideas, get a job, information, or even create a new business. Furthermore, colleges are really necessary for teenagers to develop as mature people, study more skills before becoming adults, and being able to get a job, or solve their own problems. Overall, everyone has their own reason for going to college, even what is the reason, the truth is college is not a waste of time and money because it gives better ways to understand the world through education and education and a person’s social life within that institution. In addition, college gives students the confidence they need to conquer the world. College is as a pathway that leads us to success in life. Caroline Bird uses logical fallacies to support her arguments on the unimportance of college.
Although her arguments may be convincing, she does not give reliable sources that show from where she got her information. Therefore, her argument is based solely on logical fallacies, which means this argument is invalid as a whole. In fact, many students do not know which major that they want to be in when they graduate from high school, so college is a good place that they can explore majors that interest them before they commit to a major.
Last but not least, people who is in college believe that college is very important in helping and improving to a person’s life. The reason they are in college is because they want to have a better future where they can get high paying and will not always have to worry about money. Also, college students will have experience with new things and meet new people. Hence, college is a great opportunity for us to learn more about ourselves and make our dreams come true.
Education gives us choices, and opportunities through the hard work to build up our goals, become a leader for ourselves, and our community.