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North Lakeland Community thoughts about college by Nancy Arriaga

There has been a lot of talk lately in the North Lakeland Community about whether or not it is worth getting a four year college degree.

The parents that were allowing their kids to attend college overall parents said (their children) would have a better future than if they just got their high school diploma. Guardians reasoned that college graduates make more money than average high school graduates over a lifetime. They believe college allows students to explore different career options and eventually live a successful life. Earning a college degree can be a major life achievement that will expose their children to a diverse community of people and ideas. Parents believe college graduates have lower poverty rates and they can live healthier and longer lives. Proven fact that the majority of jobs require a college degree. Most importantly people who do not go to college are more likely to be unemployed therefore placing a financial strain on society and, colleges can prevent that by teaching management structure. All excellent reasons for some of the families to support their children on a journey that is not easy and surely not cheap either.

On the contrary, half of the families disagreed on allowing their kids to attend college. They also gave their reasoning by stating that it is too expensive and a waste of time for their children. They argue that the cost of going to college equals missing opportunities to make money at a job. And to make matters worse tuition has risen quicker than income, making it unaffordable for many families. Not to mention student loan debt that cripples for college graduates, which forces graduates to live with their parents, delay marriage and financial independence. This was an extremely good and true reason to not allow their kids to go to college. They believe that high school graduates don’t need a college degree to be great “many people succeed without college degrees anyways.” College degrees do not guarantee a good-paying job or a successful life, they only prepare you for one.

The North Lakeland community has a sufficient amount of opinion to say about college. Both sides are neither right or wrong. Opposing sides give good reasoning as to why they will allow their children to go to college and why it may not be the best for them and their family.