Education: a dish best served cold

Going to college is more than just getting a degree. It is a choice that will leave you with a lifetime of knowledge.

Education is one of the most important aspects for growth and advancement in any civilization. Being knowledgeable is not only good for your society, but it also makes you more aware of your surroundings.

As human beings we have a need to expand our intellect. The world would not be where it is today without the great minds of past thinkers. It was through knowledge that humans were able to build a lasting bastion on this Earth.

A lot of students today feel that education is only needed for the degree they are pursuing. They do not understand that by doing so only limits their professional ability even further. Being knowledgeable about your field is what gives you the confidence to go for that promotion; it is the driving force for a better life.

With over 30,000 students at Palomar it is hard to strive for excellence. Our students morale is tested everyday by lack of parking, expensive classes and full lectures. The numbers show that people do want to be educated, but with so many barriers it is easy to see why people want to leave in a hurry.

According to a study done by Mass Mutual Financial Group, the cost of tuition has gone up six percent in the last 10 years. If this trend continues, by the year 2023 a 4-year graduate degree will cost roughly $300,000. If something is not done, the current education system will come to a standstill.

Students need to realize that a change needs to happen for us to pursue our futures. We can’t go on paying these insane amounts and pretend like everything will be okay in the end.

After all their hard work students are being welcomed to a life of poverty after college. Unemployment is at an all-time high for college graduates. Many struggle to pay their student loan debts.

In a study done by Pearson Education Group, the United States ranked 17th in the world’s best education systems. For being one of the biggest nations in the world 17th is not good enough. The U.S. has some of the most brilliant minds in the world, yet for some reason we can’t grasp how to properly teach others.

It comes down to us, the future politicians and leaders. As a student body no one understands the hardships of getting a degree more than us. Most of us work, pay bills and try to be model citizens all the while knowing that one day we might not even have a job.

With all that is in your way you might find yourself overwhelmed. Just remember that knowledge is something that no one can take away. It is more important than any currency. As the saying goes, knowledge is power.



Author: Daniel Gaglio

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