By Antonio Garland
College is a time where one gets to meet different individuals and learn many things about the world. For most people the mail goal of going to college is to obtain a better life. However, with the process of getting a degree and dealing with the aftermath one has to wonder, is getting a college degree really worth it?
Getting a college degree is a long process that can take years of hard work, sleepless nights, and can cause several types of stress, from mental and physical. With cost and expenses, such as tuition, books, supplies, housing, and food, it can also be very taxing financially.
Then there’s the financial strains after graduation, paying back thousands of dollars in loans. According to studentloanhero.com, the average student loan debt in the U.S. is around $37,000. Altogether, American students owe over $1.48 trillion in debt.
According to NSU’s Student Success Center’s Associate Director and Academic Advisor, Felicia Mebane, a person with a college degree makes around a million dollars more than those without a degree. “You may have debt in the first five years [after graduation], but you’ll have more money with a degree,” she said.
Mebane said it depends on the degree and a person’s location to get the proper job opportunities. She also said it depends on the person’s age, such as with development. As people grow from their teen years to adulthood they learn how to make crucial financial decisions, which will help after college, such as managing money to pay back their loans.
Associate Professor and Director of NSU’s Fine Arts Division, Solomon Isekeije said college is worth it. He said college prepares individuals to work through nights. He also said working outside of college can help pay for student fees.
“The assignments were just one aspect of my day, but my main profession was to produce my works so that I may pay my bills,” he said. He also said that certain scholarships and awards money available throughout the country can help with fees. “With that, maybe you spend $50,000 on the materials, then you have $100,000 to play with, you can pay off your college loans that way, but you have to be prepared for that, you have to have the proper training, and you have to be willing to do the work. Once you’re willing to do those the opportunity is there for the taking.
“I think college is worth it, you learn a lot more techniques than you do on your own,” said senior Fine Arts and graphic design major, Christina Diggs-Rooks. “With my experience I just feel as though I could have done it better. Back when I first started I was up all the time doing homework and for some reason I just lost my drive, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”
Though college can have unexpected consequences and stressful days, it doesn’t appear reward-less. With lots of hard work and effort one can seek a better life from their time in college. As those with college degrees earn more money than those without one earning back spend money and to pay for fees comes gradually. A degree also increases the chances of someone obtaining a job over someone without one.