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College, fading necessity?

Saraphina Mann, Copy editor

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Although a higher education can help students obtain a well-paying career, many young people are doubting its importance in modern life. The high cost of student debt is an investment that does not always pay off for the individual. A study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York revealed 73 percent of college graduates in the United States get jobs unrelated to their major and 38 percent get jobs that do not require a college degree.

Many of the most successful inventors and entrepreneurs have either dropped out of college or did not attend. Steve Jobs, who passed away in 2011, dropped out of college and successfully co-founded the tech company Apple, which helped him accumulate more than $11 billion during his lifetime. TV cooking show host Rachael Ray did not got to college or receive formal culinary training. However, she has become recognized around the world for her various recipes and projects.

College is necessary for many professions, but today’s changing social climate has brought about career opportunities that were unavailable to earlier generations. Entertainment entrepreneurs have take to social media to put themselves out there for online audiences. These social media stars can make a great deal of money through sponsorships and appearances. Now, more than ever before, the American dream is changing and it is possible that college is not in the future for many young adults.

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