As Nelson Mandela once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” From learning the alphabet, to reading novels, learning the multiplication tables, to calculating logarithmic functions, our academic studies continue to play a significant role within our daily lives. Once the life of a high school student comes to a close, a new chapter is opened awaiting anyone who is prepared to take their learning to the next level. However within today’s society, a college education is no longer an option or privilege, but a necessity. Over the course of our adolescence, we have been raised and conditioned to believe that in order to succeed in life, one needs to obtain a higher education. Because 63% of jobs will require some degree of college education, the Department of Education should present college ready students with an affordable and efficient way to make college worth the risk.
For a majority of the nation’s high school graduates, waking up early and staying up late studying does not end after they walk across the stage. From a realistic standpoint, going to college is socially prestigious. The main reason that teenagers go to college is not because they choose to but because they have to. Most high school seniors are pressured by their guidance counselors and parents to go to college because it is “the right thing to do.” Although this may be the case for some, these students need to remember that community colleges and universities were established for good reasons. School is one of the many places where students learn a great deal of very important life skills. From communicating and empathizing with people of both genders and different ages, to listening to instructions and following orders, and developing leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to interact with other students and faculty, to join student organizations and clubs, and to take part in discussions and debates.