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Meredith ButlerInstructor: Malcolm CampbellEnglish 1103October 31, 2012Is College Necessary? How the Socially Accepted Belief Could Be Misleading.World War II, Nazi Germany. Jewish prisoners and victims stand two more hours in aline with fellow disoriented citizens to wait to be assigned a number that will forever be inkedinto their wrist. Disoriented, scared, and anxious to what may lie behind the intimidating doors
of the internment camps they don’t know what to make of their numbers. Fast
-forward to thesurvivors and ask them of their tattooed numbers. Memories fade, physical pain goes away withtime and faces become less familiar, but the number is always there. The number they mustcontinue to live with, even in their new futures. Today, thousands of high school graduatesmove in to their first semester in college scared and anxious as well and with their own tattooednumber, just not etched into their skin. Fast forward to college graduation, a day of excitementand the beginning of a new future but most will continue to live with their hidden tattoo well intotheir new careers; their massive student loans in the thousands. Although much less dramaticthan tattoos given in internment camps during World War II, symbolically student debts have thepotential of having the same haunting affects.
It’s the factors like the increasing amount required to get through to college that is
sparking a new way of looking at education globally. Finally gaining momentum and attention,there has been a great push towards revising or at least analyzing and critiquing the once
 
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accepted belief that going to college after high school is what is acceptable, required, and smiledupon. The truth of the matter remains that student debts put an unreasonable price tag on an
individual’s education,
the college environment and classrooms are becoming outdated and ill-suited for teaching, and creativity and passion is being dampened and suppressed by standardizededucation such as college.When asking students about the drawbacks of college, tuition costs are among the highest
objection mentioned. And it’s within reason; tuition costs
are the equivalent to putting a price
tag on one’s education and
, matched with the common belief that a college education will giveway to a prosperous future,
it’s also putting an ultimatum on one’s future stability.
According tothe website
OccupyStudentDebt.com
(OSD) average tuition costs have increased 900 percentsince 1978 with 36 million Americans today still working to pay off student loan debts theyacquired while receiving an education (OSD). The tuitions costs are continually rising, makingpaying for a decent college education difficult and stressful on both students and their supportsystems. For example, websites like
OccupyStudentDebt.com
and its partner
OccupyColleges.org
, much like the Occupy Wall Street movement, are websites to combattuition raises as well as encourage
students to peacefully protest in order to make a point. It’s no
strange phenomenon to see media focusing on college student protests whenever a collegementions higher tuition.
If there’s one thing students get really emotional
about its tuition.Debt is a lasting consequence that is difficult to get rid of as well. Some sixty year oldsare still paying off debt today. Additionally, the consequences that can arise from prolongedstudent debt include bad credit, limits on opportunities, and hardships on living conditions and jobs. With 53% of new graduates facing difficulty finding jobs and facing unemployment, the
 
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default rate is estimated at one in five. In the United States, student loan debt has even managedto pass credit card debt (OSD).This debt will follow newly graduates into their new careers and into their futures. Instead of starting clean and fresh, these graduates are perhaps facing worse conditions than others who
don’t have such debt
in such a difficult economy. As
OccupyCollege.org
 
describes, “s
tudentdebt is delaying the steps of adulthood that are considered crucial to following the Americandream, and withholding vital consumer spending
that can stimulate the economy” (Occupy).
With such high costs, so much at stake, and the chance that things still might not work out in theend, why put forth all that money for a slim chance at success?

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