Higher education: A euphemism for debt

Friday, November 1, 2013

America’s priorities are out of order. It seems that every year, government officials voice the need for a better education system. This cannot be ignored, and every year it seems to be pushed down on the list of priorities. A lot of people point to low teacher wages, poor quality elementary and high school classes or facilities as the biggest issues with education, but the issue with the biggest effect on America as a whole is the growing price of college tuition.

Paying for college is nearly the only thing that I’m working toward right now, other than trying to keep up in my classes.

Paying for college doesn’t always seem like a huge problem, but then I realize the true costs and trade-offs that come with it. Working is very important to me because that’s how I pay for school, but it’s funny how going to school and working plays out — I want to work as much as possible so I can pay for school, but I also want to have time to actually attend class, do well and succeed. By giving up hours of work, I get better grades, but I also can’t afford to pay for my next semester.

It’s a lose-lose situation; I either end up doing poorly in school or not having the funds to continue. It seems nearly impossible. If tuition prices would remain steady for the next few years, student wages might be able to catch up, making attending college more desirable and more achievable.

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