Opposing view point: Is college worth it?

Every year, the ongoing debate in every teen’s mind stands: Should I go to college? While some argue that a higher education is more of an experience, many others question the cost, timing, and influence on mental health. Although college can offer a stable job, it is not entirely necessary for building a successful life. College is not worth it because it causes years of debt, badly influenced mental health, and less innovation in society.   

Often, the option of whether an individual wants to attend college often revolves around their lives. While some people want to continue their education for medical careers (etc.), others dream of being a sort of entrepreneur. Now and days, many people put their dreams and ideas aside to fulfill the norm and acceptance of society by going to school. Every year, fewer and fewer innovations are created, which will in the future lead to a downfall in many areas. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Thiel is convinced that the social pressure for students to pursue lower-risk trajectories” in their career choices will lead to less innovation in the future.” Not only does Theil believe that society will see a major downfall, but he also believes it will carry on throughout the next generations.   

Additionally, although many individuals argue that the money spent on college is worth it, that is not entirely true. On average, college costs about $11,000 (+) each year and not many people have that kind of money laying around. In the article, Is college worth it? by Pew Social and Demographic Trends, “College degrees are becoming more expensive each year. You must effectively mortgage your life to pay the price of a certificate. The return on investment for these college degrees is often much below the burden of debt acquired.” Although there are grants, loans, and other methods of reducing the cost, not everyone is able to or given the fair chance to apply and qualify for them.  

Furthermore, many people who choose not to attend college are able to develop their own personality. While fulfilling their achievements without extra schooling, they can build their individuality and use it in the real world. In the aforementioned article, it states, “Above all, Character. While Americans value college, they value character even more. Asked what it takes for a young person to succeed in the world, 61% say a good work ethic is extremely important and 57% say the same about knowing how to get along with people. Just 42% say the same about a college education.”  These percentages also show how college isn’t the way to success, it’s the work ethic.      

By G.M.