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Neta Boussi

Professor Rosenfeld

English 113B 12:30 PM MW

7 May 2017

Your Life, Your Choice

College, is it worth it? Colleges the time when horny teenagers

officially become horny adults. Students take on a different aspect of life

throughout their four years of their undergrads college carrier. Some may

argue that college is one of the worst decisions a person can make, others

argue that it is infect the best decision. But, while both sides have their own

point of views, college is in fact a good place to start a life. Critics will argue

that Trade schools and or Vocational training is in fact the right way to start

and end ones education. What are trade schools and Vocational training

being? Other than an easy way out in life, they are like colleges except for

the fact that they dont provide as much as colleges provide. In fact, Trade

Schools and Vocational Training only provide so much to help a person secure

a mediocre job. One lesson every single person needs to know, whether they

are going to college, is how to play the system. That is where colleges come

into actions, while they do not give life answers, they do tend to give out

hints on how to turn life different directions. Those hints will not be giving at

Trade Schools or Vocational Schools, since there is just not enough of time for

them. Critics can question what are those tips in fact? Well as an example a

tip college teaches is how to interact with different people. In Vocational

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Schools and Trade Schools, everyone is for themselves, but in colleges,

students learn how to interact with their acquaintances. Knowing how to deal

and work with difficult people would reflect the type of leaders everyone is.

For critics that may not be enough to convince them that college is worth the

investment and commitment. For them college is just a diploma that drives

debt, but it is more. College teaches how to manage opportunities, yes,

opportunities can be found in other places, but knowing which ones are

worth it and how to extend them to greater success is just one tool colleges

provide. What someone learns in a few months from Vocational training does

not compare to the knowledge gained from going to college. Vocational

training teaches the minimum, only enough for students to get by. The coast

for college could be expensive but it is still worth going especially when there

are varies of options to gain money.

As mentioned before, there are few critics that rather go to Vocational

schools and or Trade school, even some that rather jump straight to work,

then step a foot into a college campuses. Those against colleges, are those

that want to skip the race and reach the end goal as fast as possible. The

only thing on their mind at this point is getting a job as soon as possible.

Which means taking the easy short way out. The way Trade schools and

Vocational training work is that, students go for a certain period from a few

months to a year or so, learn whatever the basics are for the major of their

choice, and find a job, with the limited amount of knowledge they carry. For

them it is enough to get by, which is understandable if they want to stay at

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the same position. Some guided counselors and parents, like Kip Beaudoin and Joe

Lamacchia, even encourage their student to not apply to college, based on their passion. When it

comes to Beaudoin and his students, to go into the fields that better studied for them. As for

Lamacchia, he believes that today blue-collar jobs are more needed (Smith). Other reasons

people choose Vocational Training and Trade schools is for the sole purpose

that it is the cheapest option, and some of the big billionaires did not even

go to college like Steve Jobs, but they are still successful; the fault lies in the

false premium that our culture has put on a college degree (Murray 687).

Whatever critics might think against college; colleges teach students

how to capture appropriate opportunities that come their ways. For the first

opportunity that opens for a Trade School or Vocational Training student, is

the one they accept and take but, colleges are different. Colleges teaches

students how to look out for the right job and the right position for them.

That being said no one, right after college is going to end up in some special

position, but those people will know how to navigate to the position that they

want. Per William Watkins, vice president of student affairs and dean of

students at California State University Northridge, effective critical thinking

skill is something that students gain along with their bachelor degree

(Chan). At Vocational Training students get only the minimum information

about their major, to help them get by. At college students get the tools for

their major plus more. One can argue that the jobs gained from college and

Vocational Training is the same, but the difference is that the person with the

college diploma would move up to a better position, while the person from
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Vocational Training would stay at the same job position. Colleges offer

students different experiences from clubs to different organizations at the

campus, which shows to the employers the initiation that students take. For

starters, most colleges like CSUN, offer a study abroad program. Study

abroad is a program where students go to a different college, most students

use this as an opportunity to visit places they wish to go. This gives the

students time to interact with different cultures, which is a great plus for the

work force. Those that can improve understanding of other countries and

cultures create a welcoming surrounding for both their customers and

colleagues (Luo). Other clubs and organizations provided by colleges allows

students to open their network connections. Those that go to Vocational

Training, dont have the luxury to meet new people that have connections for

better job position.

What colleges teach that Vocational Schools dont is how to be a

leader. Since there are so much different organizations, clubs, that every

student can make a name for themselves. The difference between Vocational

Training and College is that at Vocational Training every student is on their

own, and with college every student plays a part in the community. Take a

deeper look at colleges, it holds jobs, events, library, gym, stores, everything

that is held at a small village. There is a something for everyone. Students at

college from freshman year learn what it takes to be a leader. From personal

experience, taking a speech class, has thought me how to speak in front of a

crowed and own up to my thoughts and opinions. The moment a student

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starts to study at a college, they get an insight of what is expected of them.

While at Vocational Training everyone is on their own, at college everyone

works together. When it comes to group projects everyone is expected to do

their part, just like in a work force if someone doesnt put in their all, they get

fired, same thing applies in group projects. When students miss out on

colleges, they miss out on opportunities such as leadership (Chan).

Students that go to Vocational Training learn how to follow specific steps: A,

B and C. Leadership skills are not included, vocational training students are

mainly followers while those that go to college take the leadership role since

they have the experience.

Once again critics argue that college is expensive, but there are so

many different options students have to be able to pay for tuition. For

starters for each college and university there is a financial aid office.

Financial aid is giving for those that just cant simply offered college, but

those people also must prove that they want to study with their grades. If a

student is received financial aid but doesnt take class seriously than

financial aid have the right to cut them off from receiving more money. There

are two types of financial aid the first one is Free Application for Federal

Student Aid or for short FAFSA, and the second one is Dream Act, for those

that are not citizens or are part of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

program or for short DACA. Not only do colleges offer financial aid but they

also offer work studies. Work studies is when students get to work on

campuses, not only giving them work experience but also enough money to
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help pay for tuition. Having work studies allow students to work according to

their class schedule. There are enough Scholarships, national grants, federal

grants and so much more options for students to help pay for their tuition,

allowing students to graduate debt free. In case students, do decided to take

out student loans and end up with some debt, they do have the option of

debt forgiveness. As Mary Daly and Leila Bengali states the average student

tuition costs for the majority of college education opportunities in the United

States can be recouped by age 40, after which college graduates continue to

earn a return on their investment in the form of higher lifetime wages (Daly

48). Comparing the earning to those of only high school graduates, college

student make way more. Different workshops and classes also help students

learn how to save money.

College VS Vocational Training and Trade school, in the end one can go

to Trade School or Vocational Training but the outcomes wont be the same

as going to college. Vocational Training and Trade schools are just an easy

way out into the work field. Colleges on the other hand help students

progress. Throughout the college years, students learn tips and tricks on how

to interact with different people. Which is an extra plus for extending in the

work force. Students also learn how to be a leader not a follower. They learn

which choice is the best and what to do in difficult situations. Students also

the know how to play the system, so they can progress and move forward in

life. While colleges dont give the answers to every question about life, they

do help with how to make life decisions. Colleges allow students to see what
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the real world is like, to get a sense of a community, a place of work, a place

where the students feel like they belong.

Work Cited

Bergman, Matt, and Ann Herd. "Proven Leadership = College Credit."

Advances in Developing Human Resources, 19.1 (2017): 78-87.

Chan, Kwok. Students, Staff Talk What College Means to Their Lives,

Careers. The Sundial. N.P., 28 Feb 2014. Web. 01 Mar.2017

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandel. Is it Still Worth Going to

College? Ed. Mary C. Daly and Leila Bengali. Practical Argument: A Text and

Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2016. 48-54. Print

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandel. Whats Wrong with

Vocational School. Ed. Charles Murray. Practical Argument: A Text and

Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2016. 686-689 Print

Smith, Tovia. Opting Out of College for a Blue-Collar Life. NPR, 25

Feb. 2007. Web. 01 Mar. 2017