By: Luz Gomez
As a high school student, the day comes when you ask yourself, “Is it worth getting a college degree?” or “Do I need a college degree?” To many, college is the most needed thing in order to be successful. To others, college isn’t the only way to be successful.
“I do think getting a college degree is worth a lot, but you don’t need one in order to be successful.” said Ms. Bilderback.
Students agree that getting a college degree is worth it. “I think it is worth getting a college degree because you might need it in the future.” said sophomore, Esmeralda Gallegos. Freshman Jesenia Bravo said, “I think it is worth getting one because you have something to fall back on.”
When the time comes to find a job, having a college degree can benefit you. “I think that if you have a degree it shows you have credentials and you would be a better option for the job because they would see that you went to college.” said Jesenia. “I think you would earn more money and get a better job.” said Esmeralda. “I do have a college degree, and I know that a lot of statistics would say that in general, yes we get paid more,” said Ms. Bilderback, “But it's not entirely true anymore. There are a lot of technical positions that make a lot more, especially more than education.”
With a college degree, respect two ways: You get more respect or you are respected the same as any other person. “I think that you would be equally respected if people knew you had a college degree.” said Esmeralda. ”It depends on who knows you have a college degree,” said Jesenia, “I guess if a company knows you have a college degree, they would respect you more.” “I think that it’s probably true. You do get respected more” said Ms. Bilderback, “I think people think more than anything if you have a college degree, they assume you're smart or at least disciplined enough to go to college.”
There are also many setbacks that would stop people from getting a college degree. “I think that family problems would stop me from getting a college degree.” said Esmeralda. “Money and not getting accepted into a college that I want, would stop me from getting a college degree.” said Jesenia. “ I think that a combination of lack of knowledge and the fear of what the cost is, would stop someone from getting a college degree.” said Ms. Bilderback, “But the fear of the cost should never matter. I know it's a fear, but it shouldn’t matter because there are ways to fix that.”
Getting a college degree may be worth it to some and to some not. But a college degree isn’t needed in order to be successful, although it may be helpful in the future.
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