College is a Necessity to be Successful
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Also, if you know what career you would like to pursue and it doesn't 100% require a degree (i.e. doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.), why would you waste your money on one?
College is, in my opinion, the most costly & stupid "trial-run" you could ever go through. And the crazy thing is, is that there IS NO GUARANTEE OF ANYTHING AFTER YOU GRADUATE. ESPECIALLY if you have a butt-load of student loans.
For example, I am currently running my own media business and I often take clients downtown in our city for photo shoots. It just so happens that there is a college campus located downtown, and I often run into many photography majors on assignments when I'm on shoots. Several have come up to me on the job and asked "are you doing the assignment for professor so-and-so," or "do you go here?" and I have to reply "nope, I'm actually working..." I'm the same age as they are, I'm passionate about the same things are they are, but I'm MAKING money instead of SPENDING it. There are so many careers you don't need degrees or any form of certification for, you just have to have the perseverance and will to gain the experience and master your craft.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when I ask a high school senior what they want to do, and they reply with, "I don't know, but I'm going to school for business because that's a safe fall-back." How is wasting you time and money "safe?" If college was 100% free of charge, then shoot, go for it. Or if you or your parents can pay for it out of pocket with no problem, then be my guest. But if you're taking out student loans on a credential that you may not actually need, then I'd say you're being reckless, not safe.
Plus, college can always come later! If you've really tried to do your own thing for a couple of years and found you can't get anywhere you want to be without a degree, then guess what? You can still go get that degree. There is no harm in taking a gap year, in fact it has proven to be extremely beneficial to kids who have no idea what they want to do.
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Attending college after graduating from high school should be a priority. It isn't a bad thing if you attend college. In fact I believe it will help you in the future. You have a high chance of getting your dream job and getting jobs easier. According to "Actually, College is Very Much Worth It" by Andrew J. Rotherham "College graduates earn more, and are more likely to have a job in the first place-- and is especially important for some americans." College graduates make more money than high school graduates. They also have higher employment rates.
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Vote Placed by Cooldudebro 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture. Pro's arguments made her stance clearer and more effective than Con. Pro demonstrated how college was needed while Con failed to do so.
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