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Hough 1Camille HoughLeavittCE English 1010October 21, 2019Lit Final PaperIts freshman year of college, months after high school gradation and everyone isexcited to get kickstart to adulthood and live the college life. The sidewalks are filled withstudents, carrying black backpacks filled with textbooks and a laptop in their hands. Everystudent is living in the dorms with their sorority sisters or fraternity brothers, and their jam-packed weekend with excessive parties. Every young adult on their way to earn a four yeardegree, to make a future for themselves. But this isn’t the reality that a vast majority of peopleexperience in college.Growing up, College was always a crystal clear answer to achieve a successful andfulfilling life. It was taught at a young age through movies, parents, and mainstream media thatthe college lifestyle was something to look forward to. You would go to college, get a degree, geta job and maybe get married. College always had one goal: creating a sustainable life foryourself and earn a high paying job, because going to college would define who you are. Forsome, the college ideal is not easy to achieve because of the financial and emotional toll.When facing the reality of college, there can be a variety of opinions to consider and planthoroughly. Every person should plan and focus on what they want to achieve for themselves.Consider their options of degrees and what to field to study. Second, come to terms that collegeis nothing like its portrayed in media. College is portrayed be this easy, fun, and simple lifealtering decision, but in fact, it’s a hard and humbling experience. Third, the cost of secondaryeducation is high, depending on the university. Lastly, college isn’t always the final answer.Learning doesn’t have to take the traditional route of universities. With the beauty of alternatives,
Hough 2receiving a secondary eduction can come in different shapes and sizes. Although education ispowerful, it can lead to a better quality of life. Comparing all the authors, the topic most of themcan agree to an extent, college isn’t meant for everyone.When pursuing the college path, students should focus on what degree will benefit themas individuals. Everyone has their own strengths and weakness and should weigh out theiroptions, whether what to study or even if college is the best scenario for them. College isn’t idealfor everyone’s life journey.The authors, Owen and Sawhill suggest those who are looking into college shouldresearch beforehand. People who are interested in the idea of college, should explore theiroptions because not every degree will guarantee a glamorous lifestyle.Colleges don’t like to tellyou what you don’t know, so everyone should be prepared of what they would like to pursue andachieve with their lives before entering a massive commitment.