You college students are so selfish, you know that? Just because you don’t want to end up paying back your student loans for the rest of your life while causing your parents massive amounts of debt is no reason to just up and quit school the middle of first semester! What, you think you can just teach yourself an English degree and get a prestigious job blogging without a piece of paper saying you spent four years some place where your f*cklist may or may not be the biggest contribution to your university?
Did you even stop to think what it’s costing the rest of America to send you to college?!
States appropriated almost $6.2 billion for four-year colleges and universities between 2003 and 2008 to help pay for the education of students who did not return for year two, a report released Monday says…
But the findings also could give ammunition to critics who say too many students are attending four-year schools – and that pushing them to finish wastes even more taxpayer money.
All kidding aside, we’re sort of split on this. Yes: there is an over-emphasis on graduating from a four-year college in America, in the sense that it’s really really hard to find even a menial job in most fields that do not require a diploma, despite the fact that unless you majored in the maths or sciences, you could probably Good Will Hunting a lot of this shit, and may be better off learning with internships and training in your desired field.
On the other hand, a lot of the stuff you learn in college you don’t get from class. Like “how to share a living space with people who don’t cook your food and tell you that you are special” and also “how to do your own damn laundry.” Not to mention that college relationships are basically the training wheels for the real world, except that in the real world you don’t have to see your ex on the quad every day.
What do you think: Should there be less pressure for kids to attend 4-year schools?