There are approximately 75% of people in the United States who do not go to college. I did not know this until this year—my senior year of high school—and what’s amazing is that I have lived in two different cities’ that nearly juxtapose each other. One, on the west outskirts of Columbus, OH, and the other a bit north in a smaller city called Dublin. Both of which are nice and horrid in their own little ways; one that has welcoming neighbors that would do anything for you, but having pedophiles that stock the children who play innocently in their yards, and the other having snobby neighbors who keep to themselves, but yet the streets are clean and swept.
All my life I assumed I would be going to college. As a child I grew up watching my neighbors pack their bags and then soon after my sisters and now me. I had never been the girl who said “ignorance is bliss”; my motto always was “I want to see the world, its beauty, and its ugliness”, always wanting to see the worst, so that I could help to make it better. But how could I not see the world around me? Only 25% of students going to college? I guess it could be true due to the cost, or maybe because students do not feel confident enough to apply. But really? Come on America, you can do better than this! This shouldn’t be about the money. Stop being so selfish America! College does not need to be THIS expensive where it’s starting to put the future (aka your sons and daughters) into debt as soon as they get their diploma. I mean, if the comedians on “Comedy Central” are starting to comment on how we need to fix it, then YOU KNOW IT’S BAD. Look at what you’ve done America, and if you don’t want to stop being selfish, then fine, you’re only destroying yourself along with millions of others. Think about that.