Education

The American College Dream and Why It’s Flushing Down Uncle Sam’s Toilet

It’s the norm for high school graduates to attend college immediately after they graduate high school. It’s ridiculous. These young adults should be supported by their parents to go pursue their dreams whether they have to go to school for it or not. I can name a good amount of of successful individuals that never completed a college degree: John D. Rockefeller, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Steven Spielberg. All of these men decided what they wanted to do in life and quickly attacked their targets like some wild lions that were starving for a couple days. Aggressiveness should be used in certain situations but not frequently. You don’t want people thinking you’re an addict or just someone who requires deep assistance in anger management.

As an out-of-state student, I am already in debt for nearly my whole life. Of course, I’m not alone in this. Many students reading this article are probably at the same point in life as me. In an ideal world, students should attend university strictly to gain knowledge. But yet, I find a lack of motivation to be overpowering my will to do well in my classes. That’s why ADHD medicine such as Ritalin and Adderall are pretty much going around like currency on most campuses.

Technology has shown to be a growing issue as one of the leading causes of short attention spans in the upcoming wave of Twitter Babies. Believe it or not, television, the internet, and other machines are gradually rewiring our brains. We are getting used to having multiple things occurring at the same time. For example, I usually find myself listening to music, watching television, and completing an essay that’s due within a couple hours all at the same time.

Many college professors try to stick to the same tired teaching method of mostly oral and written notes on the blackboard. Some people just forget what year it is. I understand that technology is advancing too quick to be keeping track of it, but we have to know how people’s brains are working now compared to 30 or 40 years ago. The only way you direct someone’s attention toward yourself and hold onto it is if you present mostly visual content such as images, videos, and creatively designed power points. It’s sad but so true in the many students that I’ve been observing.

Even if teaching methods of professors were changed throughout the country, is it really worth it to spend around $100,000 to go to school for a few years? Isn’t the goal to be making money after you get your degree? Then how come you find yourself in a huge debt afterward? There is someone I know named John. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in the West Coast at a well-known university. Now he’s back in New Jersey at home. No idea what to do but constantly thinking everyday. He regrets that he went with a science major and decided that it’s ridiculous. He knows he won’t be happy in that career field. He is now in so much debt, but the awesome thing is that he is looking of ways to make money without the help of his degree. John knows all he needs is creativity and hard work to take the next step into adulthood now.

Unfortunately, the prices that have to be paid for classes at a university are constantly skyrocketing. It’s a flat-out joke in my opinion. Why pay money to work at the pace of different professors that have different teaching methods and sometimes, even worse, terrible accents that are nearly impossible to understand. Everyone learns at a different speed. Some students like to obtain information nice and slow while others like to speed through assignments without even trying to grasp the concepts from their class.

Before you or your children decide to attend college, make sure they’re making the right choice and pursuing whatever career they love most. The goal here should be to make everything as stress-free and convenient as possible. I almost get tears in my eyes watching these students choose a major because of the money they should make in their first that they just want to go with for the money. Money has no importance when you are unhappy with your daily life. Maybe one day the toilet will stop flushing and the College Dream will jump out and show it’s transformed. Changes are needed with the education system and they are needed now. Do your part and contact your governors and the president about raising tuition. Create some petitions. Go outside and protest. The point is to stop sitting there and do something. Try to make some positive changes in other people’s lives instead of being an observer behind the screen. Please, get up and make a difference in this country!

Richard
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Hi, this is Richard. I am a part-time writer and a full-time mother to my dog. I specialize in health and fitness writing.I love listening to Lo-Fi music
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Richard
Richard Administrator
Hi, this is Richard. I am a part-time writer and a full-time mother to my dog. I specialize in health and fitness writing.I love listening to Lo-Fi music