English Comp I 131-B
10 November 2011
The Causes of High Dropout Rate in College
President Obama said that “The stakes are too high for our children, for our economy, for our country. It’s time for all of us to come together, parents and students, principals and teachers, business leaders and elected officials, to end America’s dropout crisis.” Today has college has become an important aspect in teenagers lives. It is an optional way to pursue a future education. Today young people are pressure to succeed and many choose to pursue a higher education away from familiar surroundings. However, statistics show that thirty-five percent of first year students will drop out during the first year. According to Mary Beth Marklein, a USA education reporter notes in four-year colleges that graduated at least fifty-three percent of entering students in six years, and graduation rates decrease by thirty percent. First year students drop out because of homesickness, choosing the wrong major, and personal or family reasons.
Homesickness is common among the majority of freshman and transfer students while attending college. This is cause by leaving familiar surroundings and coming to a place where everything and everyone are new. It is an emotional illness that causes a person to suffer from depression. This illness impacts a person negatively and results in psychologically damage and happens once in a lifetime. The factors of homesickness are age, gender, and inflexibility. Students become unhappy, lonely, and isolated. Many miss the support of family and friends. The pressure of academics can add stress. Students also find it difficult to share their feelings with anyone. The majority of students seek employment to fund their cost of living, which adds more stress.
Students in college often choose the wrong major. Young adults have second thoughts about their field of study, possibly because they chose it for the wrong reasons. Many...