OPINION: How a College Education Can Affect Your Life

To all Americans, getting a college education is very important, and nowadays, it’s more important than ever. However, college is not always easy to get in. Take it from me; I’ve had that experience. There can be many things that can prevent you from attending your first-choice school. For example, if you are currently in high school, you have to take the SAT or ACT, and if you don’t do well on either test, you’re barred from attending a good school. Even if you never had to take either test, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more obstacles you have to overcome that can prevent you from receiving your degree. You also have to take placement tests at nearby community colleges in order to transfer to the particular college you want. If you don’t do well, you have to start from the very beginning, and believe me: you wouldn’t want that to happen. You have to study very hard for these respective tests in order to go to a good college. I’ve been there, and I’ve had that experience too.

All of that talk aside, going to college is very important to all Americans, especially nowadays. Want to break the cycle of unemployment in this country? Getting a college education and studying hard will get you to the path you want to take. Last year, CNN anchor Don Lemon used his No Talking Points segment on the weekend edition of the Newsroom program to talk about how young people in America, especially those from different backgrounds, should finish their education if they want to be successful and prosperous in this country. In that segment, which was a response to Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo about the state of young people (especially those of a different background) in this country, Lemon mentioned that a college graduate makes more money than a high school graduate or high school dropout, saying: “A high school dropout makes an average of $19,000 a year. A high school graduate makes $28,000 a year. A college graduate makes $51,000 a year. Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate. That’s a lot of money”.
Even though I disagree with Mr. Lemon on a number of issues (he is a committed liberal after all), everybody should take Lemon’s words seriously, because college is the best way everybody will get the job or career they want. Getting into college isn’t easy, but you will have to work your way up if you want to be successful.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “What if I’m conservative? Surely, no university will accept me because of my conservative ideals and traditionalist thought.” That’s not entirely true. There are plenty of colleges that will let you in regardless of your ideology. However, there are professors that will try to use their platform to advance propaganda under the guise of a college course, and you will need to be extra careful whenever you encounter professors like that.
Overall, the importance of going to college is larger than ever, and if anybody – especially you – wants to be successful at what they want to do in this country, getting a good education will take you there. It may be Business, Journalism, Science, History – the possibilities are endless. Study hard, work your way up in life, and most importantly… be successful. You have a chance to change the world, take great advantage of it.

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