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The high cost of skipping out on higher education

By Mark Sarll Jr.
On April 2, 2014

When you hear the press claim that universities are bankrupting students, you start thinking to yourself: Is attending college still worth it?
While that is a broad question, it is always important to consider the pros and cons of college before you attend.
There are many of those who get themselves into a puddle of uncertainty, where the individual might be uncertain about continuing.
University, or college, is seen by many people as a post-20th century means of getting a more qualified and higher-paying job.
However, with the advent of the atrocious 2008 recession and credit crunch, many people are feeling more pessimistic about their job and education prospects.
However, the recession certainly hasn't kept banks and creditors from financing your loans and pushing you into debt.
Given the demographic of this newspaper, it is fair to assume that most people reading are still in university.
Your plans about graduating and finding a job should be quite prominent.
Life can be a continual chore, but graduating from university, especially toward the end, is one of the biggest achievements in your life.
It brings security and level-headedness among students who feel inclined to work at a company, and it brings a sense of confidence among your employers that you're skilled enough.
This portrait of graduating is nonetheless a rosy, unrealistic one as people will most likely be hired on the basis that they're cheap to hire and insure, can do overtime and will not complain or speak up against the hierarchical chiefs of staff.
But then again, that is a bit too bleak for its own good.
It is a tempting yet tricky step to follow, as the idea of just giving up or quitting at the last minute sounds like a pleasing proposal when coursework and time become constrained and chaotic.
But in a world where one mistake will eventually ruin your chances of a career or social status, you have to be on top of everything 24/7.
If you don't graduate, even if there are job prospects, there is a certain stigma imposed when some of your friends and likely your family witnesses that you quit too early or copped out before you made the goalpost.
Employers will likely look at you differently and see you as non-committal. Society, if aware, will not necessarily treat you the same way as before.
The old saying that, "people lose their way in college," almost is true, even in the case of dropping out, and a bit too harsh to bear.
University can feel like Vegas if there is no sense of self-control at work.
While it might be too late for this message to render into some people's minds, if you feel that college is not worth the time and effort, consider other options that you know are available to you, practical to handle and within your reach.
If you are planning to graduate and are sure of it, be aware of what you are getting into eventually.
And if you are a high school student waiting to attend, always consider if the costs and benefits of attending.


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