David Wolf Prof. Presnell Engl.

1102 12 March 2012

Article 1 Summary: This article is about college and questioning if its still worth it. It discusses how the worth of college has gone severely down. It makes the point that 40 % of people who go to college and end up wasting money due to dropping out. The article points out the fact that the tuition has been raised to a point that a parent could buy a house with the amount of money it costs to pay for four years of college. It also goes over the way a student knowing what they want to do can help them. The writer goes as far to say that if you are unaware of your major then you shouldn’t attend college. The main subject was just questioning if college is worth the money.

This article is very important to me learning about the differences in knowing what your major is and going in without a clue. I planned on looking at the differences in majors and this article reassured me that it would be a good idea. Another thing this article did for me was it made me more aware of how student loans can affect a student. I didn’t realize the fact that students owe so much money in student loans and this could be an interesting thing to look at when I write my paper. I was also very intrigued by the paragraph about putting a price on becoming an educated person. Certain things you may not apply but it is still good to know. This article was a very useful one and will definitely help with my paper.

This article is credible because it is published by a very credible source: The US News & World Report. The US News and World report is an online magazine and it covers plenty of national news. It is often compared to Time and Newsweek as one of the most respected magazines. It was founded in 1933 and has been considered credible since. Brian Kelly the writer is very credible because he is the editor of US News & World Report. He worked at The Washington Post in 1992 and has been a journalist for a very long time. Kelly has written many articles and there has never been a problem.

Kelly, Brian. "Is College Still Worth It?." U.S. News & World Report 147.8 (2010): 6. MAS Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2012.

Article 2 Summary: This entire article was about occupational specification. It discussed the benefits of having a major which has a specific job lined out. It showed several statistics proving that general education majors aren’t as successful at finding a job. Majors without specific occupations often make it hard on students to make a decision for their future. The Scholarly Journal also looked at the gender differences. Men are more likely to get a job within their major than females. The journal constantly points out that college graduates are more successful then just high school graduates. Ultimately the main message was that having a specific major that relates to an occupation can help you a lot.

This journal was very helpful due to the wonderful statistics it provided. It had real live statistics for plenty of things ranging from gender to race. The gender statistics are very useful and it may be something that I want to take a look at in my paper. Another thing that was very useful were the countless paragraphs mentioning “occupation specificity”. It showed that its very important to have a specific occupation mapped out when choosing your major. The main challenge was reading the scholarly journal. It was a difficult read and very lengthy. Although the scholarly journal was hard to read it definitely provided some very important information.

The information came from a scholarly journal in Social Forces Volume 89. According to its website the book Social Forces is a “renowned journal of sociological research associated with the Southern Sociological Society.” It is also widely used in the US and in One Hundred foreign countries. One of the authors Josipa Roksa is a professor of sociology at UVA and has written books before. According to her Virginia professor page, she seems to be well respected. The other author Tania Levey is a respected social science teacher at The City University Of New York (CUNY). It is very trustworthy information.

Roksa, Josipa, and Tania Levey. "What Can You Do With That Degree? College Major And Occupational Status Of College Graduates Over Time." Social Forces 89.2 (2010): 389-415. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 6 Mar. 2012.

Article 3 Summary: This article is all about college unemployment and recent college graduates are currently facing very difficult times. It discusses the recent trends and how a college degree is becoming less and less required. The article also points out how several college graduates are working jobs that nothing to do with their major or what they studied in college. It spends a little bit of time focusing on different majors and which ones are the most useful compared to which ones are most useless. The article discusses how college graduates not being able to find jobs is affecting high school graduates as well. Ultimately the article describes the outlook for college graduates in a negative way.

This was the first article I read and it was a great one. I got a lot of information from this one, especially about topics I didn’t know about. I was unaware how many people decided to take jobs outside of their majors. The article described chemistry majors taking jobs such as being a bar tender and other jobs that have nothing to do with what they studied. Another thing about college graduates not being able to find jobs I didn’t realize is it affects high school graduates. If college graduates are taking jobs such as gas station attendants, then high school graduates are still looking for jobs. This is something that I didn’t realize and it is an angle I may consider writing about. I also was very interested in the fact that only half of the jobs landed by new college graduates even require a college degree. This is a crazy statistic and something I will definitely include in my research.

I was able to find this article was credible because of the news source it was written by. New York Times is a very respected newspaper and is the third largest news paper in America. It was started in 1851 and has won countless awards. Its online site is also very incredible. The author of my article is Catherine Rampell who is a very respected writer. She writes for the economics section in The New York Times and has worked at other newspapers such as The Washington Post.

Rampell, Catherine. “Many With New College Degree Find the Job Market Humbling” New York Times on the Web 18 May 2011. 29 Feb. 2012 <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/business/economy/19grads.html>

Article 4 Summary: This article is about college unemployment and that it is becoming such a trend. It gives several statistics such as 18 % if recent graduates are forced to get jobs outside of their field of study. It also discusses how it doesn’t matter how prestigious your degree is and how Ivy League graduates cant even find a job. The lack of jobs is beginning to delay the process of people becoming young adults. To sum it up, this article showed the negative effects of the job market being hard for college graduates.

This article definitely opened my eyes to some new things that I didn’t realize. The main thing that I learned that the lack of jobs is affecting people becoming young adults. For instance people used to be independent right after college, however now many people live with their parents after college in this day and age. I also was very surprised to see

that it doesn’t even matter if you have a Ivy league degree, it is still hard to get a job. Networking is much more important then where you have a degree from was the main thing that I took from this article.

This article is credible because I got it online from CNN. CNN is a cable network as well as a website that is very respected. The website started in 1995 and is considered one of the most popular websites in the world. It was recently ranked third place among online global sites and it is used by people all over the world. Chris Isidore is the author and he has wrote over 100 columns online for CNN. He has been a reporter at the journal of commerce and is a well respected writer.

Isidore, Chris. “The Great Recession’s lost generation”. CNN. 17 May 2011. 27 Feb 2012.

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