Students all around the country attend an accredited university in hopes to increase their likelihood of prospering later in life. Everyone wants to live comfortably, and since childhood, you have probably been told that going to college was the way to improve your position. Does that still hold true in todays hectic society?
When I was first asked this question, feelings of slight confusion and shock surfaced. I was unaware that there was such a high number of students who seriously question the worth of their pursuits toward a degree. We have always grown up knowing that college was the route to take if we wanted to maximize our chances of prosperity. Are colleges raising their rates so quickly, that they are approaching their limit of actually being a worthwhile experience? Initially, I thought this to be an absurd notion. Then I got to thinking of how often, and quickly rates are elevated. It isn’t easy to stay ahead.
Rising tuition costs make it more and more difficult to enroll each year. In the past 10 years, college tuition rates at public organizations have literally more than doubled! The price has also substantially increased at private institutions. Typically more expensive than public universities anyway, private school tuition rates country-wide have increased by roughly 60% in the past 10 years! How insane are those numbers?!
[these facts were gathered from a study conducted by CNN. More information can be found here]
Lets explore some of what college can do for you. Let me put all rumors to rest. First off, it is still no secret that you will typically make more money over the course of your lifetime if you can obtain a college degree. Various studies both recent and not so recent have confirmed that individuals generate a higher income after completing college. All of the extra earned money later in life will help provide necessities to children. Such necessities are not limited to basic needs such as food and water, but also for things like college and health care. There is also a correlation between college and lower stress levels. College natives are even more likely to live out a healthy lifestyle.
So financially, is college still worth the trouble? The answer is an absolute YES! Sure it is likely that a young person will gather some debt from furthering his education, but that is almost better to think of as an investment. College is not for everyone, but to doubt its potential is ignorant at this point in time. Maybe one day college will become obsolete (which I do not see happening anytime soon, I mean lets be honest) but until then, then there really isn’t much more to say other than ‘Google search, read, or ask about the truth.’ It’s out there waiting for you to find it. You might be surprised as to how much one can learn through simply being curious.