Should Attending College Be Mandatory?

When I asked my parents why I should go to college, they gave me vague reasons I still don’t understand: “You need to find yourself,” “To round out your knowledge,” and “Because that’s what you do should go to high school like everyone else.”

Many years ago I attended a private college. I already knew what I wanted to study, Spanish. The philosophy of this college was “old school” tough, designed to “pick out” the weaker students. I managed to fail all my first semester courses including: biology, calculus, humanities except Spanish for Beginners which was the only course I liked and studied diligently. I wish I could have taken more Spanish classes that semester, but since I failed the other three, I had to repeat them for a lower class in a year. In addition, in order to graduate from this college, it was necessary to enroll in a multitude of compulsory courses in more rigorous subjects, covering science, mathematics, economics, religion, literature, history, western civilization and one foreign language, of course Spanish, in order to graduate .

Instead, I left this school before my grueling and boring sophomore year. So I went to a more attractive college where I discovered more ways to learn the Spanish language, including taking more courses in basic Spanish and Latin American literature and going abroad. After graduating, I wanted to continue studying Spanish and was accepted into a public university, where I did my Masters in Spanish Literature and taught basic Spanish to college students. I made enough to pay for my apartment rent, food, and tuition.

But according to website Thoughtcatalog.com, the college is considered a “scam” because by the time most students go through a four-year college, they are blind and still have no idea what they want to do for a living. They are studying a subject that is only half-heartedly important to them. To make matters worse, tuition alone for a year at the average out-of-state public university is about $26,000 or more. The bill for books, meals, and room and board can go up to $6,000. That’s $32,000. Private institutions like Ivy League Schools, Vanderbilt, Duke or MIT cost far more – at least twice as much as most public universities.

But going to a four-year school would be more of an asset if you are 100% sure you want to learn a trade, especially one that will bring you a higher salary. Lucrative professions such as medicine (doctors, nurses, psychologists), many branches of science and law should attend a four-year school to learn more in graduate school.

This current system of attending college is outdated. The idea that college used to offer courses that students needed for life and careers hasn’t really held up, at least for the past three decades. Now, with the internet, there seems to be no limit to what you can study. Many online degrees that are popular or in high demand will help you learn the skills that can make you quite a bit of money. Online degrees are very attractive as they make an effort to accommodate a student’s busy schedule, especially if they are working. Also, a student can study anywhere he or she wants to have an internet connection: at home, in a coffee shop, or at a friend’s house.

You may need to attend a four-year college or university knowing you have an interesting career that could help you make big bucks. You may need to take a few courses in a classroom or online to see if a particular topic catches your attention, or to brush up on your skills.

Ultimately, your decision is yours.

Thanks to Harrington A Lackey | #Attending #College #Mandatory

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