Bachelor degree new high school diploma

Cat Ardes
Staff Writer

From the very first day of high school and every day after, we’ve been told how important it is to go to college. With intentions of earning a high school diploma and moving on to earn a degree, we thought we would have a good plan for a future career. The pressures of getting involved, volunteering, good grades, playing sports, and taking the SAT and ACT consumed us. Today, it’s no different for our worries to be wrapped around whether we are going to have a job when we graduate with just our bachelor’s degree.
Our economy is obviously not at its best at the moment. Prices of our basic necessities are up and job creation, along with employment, are down. People all over the country are struggling to find a job not only in the field that they have experience in, but anywhere they can be hired. The amount of loans taken out every year for students is through the roof, and our levels of income do not seem to support it, especially when we graduate and have to pay these loans back.
CBACHELOR_g1_full_600We attend college for many reasons, one of which is to broaden our knowledge. We all strive to earn our degree and begin our future in the “real world” with our hopes of getting a job in or related to our field of experience. However, society and the business world seem to have come up with the idea that a bachelor’s degree just isn’t enough anymore. Now we suddenly face the new pressure that we should receive our master’s degree directly after receiving the bachelors.
I don’t think our economy will ever be at a “good” point; the U.S. economy has probably expanded all that it can. But how can the cost of college keep rising every year when job availability is at a low? And how can we be expected to attend school for another few years just for a master’s degree that will put us in more debt?
It doesn’t make sense to me, especially when I’m worried over whether I’ll be able to get a job after receiving me bachelor’s degree. I realize it takes time, experience, and hard work to make your way up for a good paying job so why doesn’t society accept that? To deny someone just because they have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree is ridiculous.
I’m happy and grateful to be in school right now, and to eventually receive my bachelor’s. If the opportunity is available for one to receive a master’s, that’s a fantastic opportunity and one should take it. But I think a few years of experience is just the same if not better than a few more years of being in school. So why do some people look down upon that? Why are we consistently pressured to go for more and more when we have opportunities at our fingertips that won’t put us into situations that we will have to struggle to pay off in the future? I hope I’m wrong but our bachelor’s degrees are starting to look like the new high school diploma.