Was your college education worth the cost? Do you think it will pay off?
College Education Could Help Children Who Need
Is my bachelor title worth the cost? This was the first thought when I graduated from university back in 2014. I imagined that having a prosperous job, working in a big company, or even being a manager are the true achievements after someone finishes her college life. I remember when my lecture said during the class, “You should learn this theory, and that, so it would be useful in working environment right after you graduate”. It was obviously a logic statement for me as a student. Most of the people think the fee, the thousand hours, and the subjects you spent in college would benefit your career, later in the future. Because we know that people actually pursue their further education for better financial goals.
My mind about college education and its worthiness opened widely when I started join volunteering community. I have been a teacher for those vulnerable children who have problem with their education. They can't attend their school because of financial problem, they hard to write properly, they have no time to study because they need to work, and many reasons that make them need proper education. I was even shocked when they are so happy just by attending the class which we conduct every Sunday. In the other hand, sometimes i feel so lazy to attend the class when i was in college.
Although this may be true, implementing what we received in college to professional field is the only way to make our education is worth spending, yet giving it to people who need is way more beneficial. I am not only having a self satisfaction, but my life is more useful. Although the subject that I teach to the children is not the same with what I learned in the college, I enjoy it so much.
My parents once told me, knowledge would not mean anything if we do not share it to people. We can’t keep it by ourselves. Even in my county, all college students should have a high education principles which are; achieving education, conducting research, and dedicating our self to society.
So, in my opinion, achieving both social and professional achievement is the definition of worthy education.
Was my college education worth the cost?
Wow! This question itself gives the answer. Was it really worth it?
The 10+ years of schooling, two years of college, three years degree and then post-graduations, diploma’s and MBA’s. Was all this really worth it?
And the thing that hurts is, the quality of education is decreasing and the cost is increasing.
People feel degree holders earn much more than non-degree holder’s right?
Well, yeah. Sort of. But again, all that we learn is hardly used in the real world.
With only theoretical knowledge and no practical knowledge, how are people going to pay back to all the money they have spent on education.
Even after all the education, half students end up in call centres as they need to make ends meet.
It’s not worth it. All the money, all the trouble, all the effort sometimes is not worth the amount we spend.
There is a need to change the system, because people don’t mind spending on things that will actually benefit in future. So its best to give them the education that will help them get fruits out of the seeds they have sown.
COLLEGE IS A DIFFERENT PAGE
Education is a big thing in today’s generation, some call it the key to unlock rusty doors, some describe it as the solution to end family problems and tribulations, in employment circles, it’s a passport to prove your worthiness, but to all this college is one biggest thing that one has to purse and theoretically prove their what we term as professionals.
Getting to the reality of my life, college life in my country is determined by several factors, the following are some of the;
1. Pursue a career to find you a Job as fast as you can even if you don’t like it,
2. Parent influencing you to do a course of their choice,
3. Economic stability in a home setup as there is no money to help you become the computer engineer you have always wanted to be.
In simple terms my college education has not paid off to what I have always wanted to be, I once pursed a Procurement course that has not brought the indeed satisfactions and cravings of my dream, I count the cost of time that I have invested in my college education and at some point it’s hard to recover the time I have lost, they say “time lost is never recovered”, its true but the work on the dream would go and on, time would have been the most important resource into investing into a career that never paid or not paying off to the necessities of life but satisfaction is of our desires.
On the other hand, resources such as financial investment into college life is what we all look for to recover when we have stable jobs after college, but does it all go in the way we plan? Certainty to probabilities is what each one of us look up to and our effort to pay back for all that we had put in, mostly our education way of life is dependent on the people who have invested, there no room for failing if let’s for instance parents are sponsoring you, by all mean their investment must yield keeping them in their old age as they have lifted you to all different stage of life in a way.
In all this life is not as constant for uniform for each one of us, it’s dynamic and not static, what happened yesterday is not bound to happen as same to what will happen now and days to come, we are shaped into the real state of our lives by the challenges we go through and decisions we make to find solutions, college life costs have not paid off in a way that I have always wanted, it’s like a whole different dimension of difficulties, someone once said “The higher you go the cooler it becomes”, on the other hand the higher you go in college life has been the hardest of my life to make through up to the end, but in all this I have learnt powerful qualities that define me, I am persistent, courageous, and positive mind, my strongest character is brought to light in the midst of thorn indeed.
Graduating with a Debt
I think my education will one day pay off since as a millennia with all the challenges we are facing it is very important to be an optimist. Though two years have already passed since i graduated and a lot of those who were in my class who i am still in touch with are struggling to get jobs. Majority are not looking for jobs that align with their education since many have given up and stories of starting business while they can not get a loan and support since their names are already in the Credit Bureau.
This year something came to mind and i started thinking about my dream job like how will be able to get back to where i think i am supposed to be. So as i was thinking of my dream job, i saw a scholarship opportunity and decided to apply. I was sure of getting a scholarship but i gave it all. I traveled to my high school first to get my high school certificate which was necessary for me to get my university certificate. Since i could not call off a day at way and i could afford a flight to Arusha i decided to take a night mini bus that was going with news papers to Arusha. I used the same on its way back to Dar es salaam.
The first is went back to my University and get my certificate. I went with my transcript believing that it will easier for me to get my certificate since i had already finished clearence when i finished school. After getting there this time i was told there was an amount of money that i did not clear.
Before clearing it i decided to go back to the Higher Education Students Loan Board and make sure that the claims from my University were right. At the Board i was given a statement of my students loan. The statement wanted me to pay $4,000. One might say this is not a lot of money but with average salary of $220, it might take so much time to pay the loan. I am not saying every graduate start with such salary but majority does.
So since then i decide to give $20 a month to the board but also this is not sustainable since sometimes the money i receive at the end of the month is not enough. You get at the end of the month with a debt more than the salary. I sometimes wonder why did they put the interest. I am lucky but there are fellows who are unemployed and have nothing but a debt.
Education at Any Cost
For me, it was never even a question that I would attend college. It was expected, no matter what the cost. My mom has been saving up for my education since before I was born, and she’s always taught me that education was the most important gift she could give me. But I’m only halfway through school and that savings is nearly gone. Given the ever-increasing debt incurred by students, my family included, I can’t help but wonder if it’s truly worth the cost. According to a study by Brookings, in the past decade the average student loan debt per full time student has increased nearly 60%. Surely I could find meaningful work without spending four years incurring crushing debt, right? That being said, I don’t think the investment is a complete waste. I wouldn’t be in school if I did. I love learning, and I know without a college degree I wouldn’t be able to compete even for entry-level positions in my field after graduation. Still, the thought of facing a tough job market with just a degree and massive debt after graduation is intimidating to say the least.
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