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Is college education worth it? Show more Show less

The ever-rising costs of a university degree, coupled with increasing numbers of unemployed graduates, has left the latest generation of students pondering over whether a college education is worth it. Do the benefits of a college degree outweigh the costs?

Yes, college education is worth it Show more Show less

University education opens career doors, provides higher-paid jobs and offers intangible benefits that improve a graduate's quality of life.
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College teaches you how to learn

Attending university makes you a better person by teaching you how to learn.
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Context

People who know how to learn are more adaptable. This makes them a better person in both their professional and personal lives.

The Argument

Aside from any of the other benefits associated with university, attending higher education makes you a better person by teaching you how to learn. You have to attend high school because if you don’t the government imposes legal penalties. When you are there, you are disciplined by teachers and forced to study and apply yourself. At university, you are there because you want to be there. Nobody will force you to do your work, and there is nobody to discipline you if you don’t. Therefore, you learn how to learn. You learn how to find internal motivation to push and challenge yourself. These qualities are impossible to put a price on and make you a better person.

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[P1] University teaches students how to learn independently. [P2] Therefore, university graduates are more adaptable. [P4] Therefore, university it worth it.

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