Why go to college Specific purpose: To persuade my audience that going to college is the best option to prepare them for the rest of their lives. Central idea: Going to the college is a good preparation for the future career. Introduction: I. “ I was working for 3 years, gained a lot of experience but when the company was going through a crisis, I was one of people laid off, because I didn’t have the education to back up my skills” II. This is what my friend told me about his story 2 years ago. III. Nowadays, college students will face the dilemma of whether staying in college or going to get a job .
IV. Today, I am going to talk about the importance of staying in the college. (Transition: There are many arguments against staying in college) Body: I. First of all, some people believe that young adults will have trouble facing financial concerns like college tuition, books, and other expenses when they go to the college. Or even they have a student loan; they will be slaves to debt for their next 10 or 20 years of their life. A. In fact, according to The Project on Student Debt, in 2008, 67% of students graduating from four-year colleges have an average loan debt of about $20,200 for public school.
And this figure for UWL is about $21,500 B. However, the American government invests millions of dollars in higher education on an annual basis and sponsoring students’ study by different forms of aid like scholarships or student loans with the low interest rate . 1. According to the Federal Student Aid, the interest rate is about 3. 4% and students have to repay within 10 years. II. Advocates of having a job also argue that instead of spending 4 years or more in a college, they will go straight to work to earn money and then gain experience. Therefore, they may progress more quickly.
A. It is true; they can earn money to afford their life because there are lots of jobs which don’t require a college degree. B. However, they may be end up as a waiter at restaurants, truck drivers or repair workers while these jobs may be interesting and productive. Or even if they are hired by some big companies; they will only have junior positions. C. Nowadays, the job market is really competitive; a Bachelor’s degree will make an applicant stand out from the crowd. In other words, the gap between workers who have a Bachelor’s degree and who have a high school degree is huge. 1.
Actually, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the median weekly earnings in 2010 of graduates from college is $1038, twice as much as that of those with high school degree. And also the unemployment rate of people with high school degrees is almost double that of those with college degrees ( 10,3% compared with 5,4%) D. Thus, going to college is no doubt a long term investment, which in turn has the potential to pay for itself rather than quickly. III. Opponents of staying in college claim that they will lose years of experience that they could otherwise gain if pick a job.
A. This is absolutely wrong because they can gain experience through part-time job, which are available on campus. B. Moreover, the article Education vs. Experience mentions that many American colleges and universities have started to emphasize work experience as an important part of their programs such as internships, apprenticeship or co-operative work placements. 1. For example, Career services at UW-L can assist students in internship programs as well as exploring career options by meeting potential employers through events. 2.
It is located on the first floor of Centennial Hall, in room 1140 and it is free for UWL students. (Transition: In life, the social network plays an important role no matter where you go or whatever you do) C. Therefore, another benefit of attending college is that you can build your own social network. 1. When you are in the college, you will have many chances to develop the social network by interacting with a bunch of people from different backgrounds. 2. Maybe some of them will happen to work in the same field or same company with you, or if they are in the different fields, they can help you to some extent. . In addition, by interacting with others, you can learn different views or ideas about one thing or issue from them. 4. For those who skip college and go straight to work, they may suffer the lack of social network. (Transition: Is the college necessary for success? The answer to this question is that college isn’t necessary, but does make it easier) Conclusion: I. In conclusion, the function of college is intended to help students expand their personal and professional experience, and I think it is a good investment. II.
Therefore, staying in college is the best option to prepare students for the rest of their lives. III. This is the reason why we are all here in the UW-L to take advantage of the higher education. Bibliography: Federal Student Aid (2010). Standard, extended, and graduated repayment calculator. Retrieved from http://www2. ed. gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/RepayCalc/dlentry1. html The Project on Student Debt (2010). Quick fact about the student debt. Retrieved from http://projectonstudentdebt. org/files/File/Debt_Facts_and_Sources. df The Project on Student Debt(2010). List of Wisconsin Institutions. Retrieved from http://projectonstudentdebt. org/state_by_state-view2011. php? area=WI University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Career Services. Retrieved from http://www. uwlax. edu/careerservices/ U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010). Education pay… Retrieved from http://www. bls. gov/emp/ep_chart_001. htm World Wide Learn. Education vs. Experience. Retrieved from http://www. worldwidelearn. com/online-education-guide/education-vs-experience. htm