Is College for You? Posted at theRoot.com
Here is an article that I penned for theRoot.com on the question, “Is college for everyone?”
About a year and half ago, I was in a conversation with a 17-year-old about college, and she said to me, “My aunt has a master’s degree, and she delivers pizza for Domino’s. What’s that say about going to college?” I hesitated for a minute and responded, “No offense, but it doesn’t tell me much about college, but it tells me a lot about your aunt.” While I am sure there are some grocery baggers with Ph.D.s and there are engineers-turned-janitors, in the long run, most people who attend college, of some sort, get better access to jobs, housing and other things that are central to getting ahead in America. We know that continued education beyond high school strongly increases income, is related to better health and improves the chances of being employed. Now this doesn’t mean that everyone will experience the same successes, but that’s because college is a gateway to opportunity; it’s not an “ace in the hole,” a guaranteed fix or a magic bullet.
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