The importance of college

by Felicia Gonzalez
Ramstein High School

For high school seniors, graduation is just around the corner and it is important that students realize just how important it is to further one’s education.

With the changing economy and the constant struggle for jobs, education has taken on a new meaning.

What this means is those with a longer, stronger and overall better education are going to fair better in the current struggle for jobs. Ending an education after high school may possibly be the biggest mistake a student can make.

For many of us living overseas, dropping out of high school does not even seem imaginable. Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe schools consist of teachers and counselors who make it their mission to push and help teens reach graduation.

Ramstein High School even offers an administrative study program once a week for those who are struggling.

While the graduation rate for DODDS-E schools is an amazing 99 percent, the overall graduation rate for the United States is only 70 percent. That is to say, if you have 10 friends, three of them would be without a high school diploma.

Every year, more than 1 million students drop out of high school. In the larger cities in the United States, drop out rates range anywhere from 65 to 75 percent.

When more than half of these students are dropping out, what are the odds that the graduating 25 percent are going to make it through college? The facts are scary, especially when America is supposed to be developing a nation of leaders.

In 2006, the Department of Education figured that in the first year of college, 30 percent of students drop out, and 50 percent never graduate.

 “I actively encourage students to set goals in order to prepare for their future education,” said Julie Meer, a college preparatory teacher from Ramstein High School. “With a suffering economy, students must now be prepared to pursue their passion through continuing their education and to stay focused on reaching their goals. This will hopefully enable them to become highly qualified applicants in the job industry.”

 Attending college improves a person’s chance at receiving a job.

For example, a six-year college graduate is much more likely to receive a job at any corporation than a four-year graduate.

At this point in time, it is more crucial than ever to continue your education, whether that be from high school into college, or from a two-year college to a four-year one.

With the way the economy is looking, you will not be able to get a job at Burger King without a high school diploma.

Because of this change, teenagers must be pushed to graduate high school as well as apply themselves in college.

Perhaps if teenagers realize the dangers, they will be more inclined and stimulated to create a better education for themselves.