Is College Worth It?
Even though sometimes an individual is left in high debt that takes years to pay, college is worth attending because it will bring them a higher income and a brighter future.
After reading “Is College Worth It? Clearly New Data Say”, by David Leonhardt, and, “The Great Debate: Is College Still worth It?”, by Dr. Ricardo Azziz, many would argue that college is a necessity in order to succeed in life. Getting a college degree does not necessarily mean that an individual will be able to find a job after graduation. Due to competition in certain fields, there is a slight chance that an individual may not even be able to find a job for a couple of months. According to The Pew Research Center, “the typical adult with only a bachelor’s degree will earn $1.42 million over a 40-year career, or $650,000 more than a typical individual who has only a high school degree” (Azziz). Attending college and earning more or at least a bachelor’s degree is worth it because having a good life, meaning not having to worry about money, should be an individual’s lifelong dream next to their American Dream. The fact that those who attend college make $650,000 more than those with only a high school diploma should make a huge impact on someone’s view on college because it proves that they are able to pay their college debt with no problem. In addition, “Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree” (Leonhardt). A college degree is important because at the same time an individual is able to find a high paying job as a result of attending college, and they are able to acquire knowledge, citizenship, and practical competence. In fact when Leonhardt says, “the true cost of a college degree is about negative $500,000” (Leonhardt), it further supports that college is definitely valued because in the end a person really did not pay a cent for...