College Can Easily Be Made Affordable

College Can Easily Be Made Affordable

College is a stressful time, we should at least be able to afford it.


I was spending a holiday with my family when my older cousin started asking me about college. When we started talking about loans, he began ranting about how college is too expensive and how it can be made affordable. Not all colleges work the same way when it comes to tuition. However in his experience, this is the foolproof way that college can be affordable. Here's a run down of his points.

The division of schools

Or different colleges within the school. Why does English have its own department when we use it for every subject? Why does philosophy and mathematics have different departments when math is philosophy? We could combine like departments and the fees would likely go down since more students are congregated to the combined division.

Cut out unnecessary pay

Students pay for a lot of things with their tuition. If the schools cut out every non-professor from their pay, then tuition would be at least a couple hundred dollars less. The point for this is that campus services should be paid for specifically by the campus and not with student's tuition money.

Treat the school as a school

A lot of colleges are run like a business when they are, in fact, a place of education. It makes sense why colleges reach out to students and encourage them to attend because they want to get their name out there and make money from incoming students.

Although my cousin's theory doesn't have many points, it has very effective ones. If similar divisions are combined then the college based fees would go down due to a more populated college. If unnecessary services were cut from the cost of tuition, then the total would go down even more. The services provided should be able to make enough money to support everyone involved so there should be no reason for students to pay for things that they do not use that they cannot afford in the first place. I think that a place of education should be focused on education, and they are, but a lot of the time they are based on money. Like students can't go to the name brand college because they just can't afford it.

I think a lot of people are worried about dropping the cost of college attendance because they think that the value of an education will deplete. However I think it could be a first step in giving more people a chance at higher education, and allow students to live more comfortably during and after college. Of course you don't need an education to be successful, but the students who choose to attend college should have a lower cost of attendance because they have a long road ahead of them. A lower cost of tuition would do more good than harm.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...


I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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