BY EMMA JOHNSON
SCIENCE & TECH EDITOR
SCIENCE & TECH EDITOR
Parents are always asking us the questions, “What college do you want to go to? Have you applied for any colleges? What do you want to study in college?” It can be a lot of pressure, especially for someone who isn’t sure what they want to study in college, or even if they want to go to college. So I’m here to ask the question we all want to ask: Is college worth it?
For some people, they don’t even need to consider college. They know exactly what they want to do after high school, and they’re graduating with an associate’s degree. They can get a job right out of high school. But for most of us, that’s not the case. We all have to decide if we want to go to college, and then what college we want to go to. I think the most important things to consider when picking a college is if you feel it will work for you: it has the major you want, it has a campus you feel comfortable in, and it has a reasonable cost that you are willing to pay.
All that aside, is it actually worth it to go to college? I’m sure most of us have the fear that college will end up doing us no good, or that we won’t actually be able to get a job after attending. We know, however, that college is more likely to help us get hired than just high school. The National Center for Education Statistics says that 80% of college graduates will get a job, while 74% of high school graduates will get a job, and people who do not complete high school have a 57% chance of getting a job. You’re probably thinking, well hey, that’s still more than half of people who don’t finish high school or college. Why don’t I just drop out and get a job. Yes, you can still get a job without going to college, but it's much harder. While the difference between high school graduates and college graduates is a mere 6%, it’s still much better to get that extra six percent of a chance than to just throw it away. This obviously doesn’t take into consideration people who had a gap year, or anything like that.
So, do you have to go to college if you don’t want to? Absolutely not. You should just consider the benefits before you decide.
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