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Submitted By tfree
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Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers, once said "The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance." In America today one of the most valuable possessions a person can have is a college degree. On the contrary, a degree is simply a building block in life. College is a tool and education does not stop with a degree. Franklin also said, "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." I disagree with Megan McAndle's "Is College a Lousy Investment?" because I believe a person that has a college education with a degree has many more opportunities and advantages than a person without.

America's workforce is one of the most powerful and competitive in the world and an education is essential. A credential represents the education received, but are the educated really educated? No. The educated are not educated until they learn to apply the education. A credential may look good on paper and look good at a job interview but if you cannot apply what you have learned, then yes, a credential is a zero-sum game. A wise man once said, "Never confuse motion with action." Anyone can go through the motions to acquire a degree, but the people who apply themselves best and have that drive within that makes them sacrifice anything to reach their goals will be the successful ones that obtain and retain jobs after college. Studies show that more than half of all recent graduates are unemployed or in jobs that do not require a degree. Sometimes it is not always about being the smartest; it is about having that motivational drive in your life. So is college a lousy investment? Not lousy but risky.
Students need to be more focused on education and take advantage of the opportunities they have just from attending college. I think if people took school more seriously and truly wanted to make a…...