I worked hard throughout high school to get good grades, to get into college, and to get my tuition paid for. That discipline was my first experience of the "real world." At some point in your life, everything stops getting handed to you. You have to work for the things you want. Either paying out of pocket for your college education or having it paid for by the scholarships you've received, you appreciate college and value your time and money. College is a privilege.
College is a transition and preparation for a career and life itself. How can you be expected to work hard in your career if you can't work hard for everything leading up to that career?
It is stressful to know that if I fail a test and don't meet my GPA requirements, that I will ultimately lose my scholarships. However, that stress motivates me to work hard. I'm constantly studying so that I can achieve my career goals. I'm working hard for what I want.
I want to succeed.
Of course, I would in a sense love for my tuition to be paid for, but I don't view it as a burden. I view it as taking initiative to achieve my goals. Nothing is free and college happens to be something that isn't.
I never asked my parents to pay for me to go to college. I made sure that I would study hard to get good enough grades to receive enough scholarships. I decided not to attend the most expensive school in the state, and with working as hard as I did in high school, I should receive a degree in four years, debt free.
Recently, Fox News reporter Neil Cavuto interviewed a young woman, Keely Mullen, who was a Million Student March organizer. Keely discussed her demands for free college tuition and an increase in minimum wage.
When approached with the question on how nationwide college tuition should be paid for, Keely proposed that those with the most wealth in the country should pay higher taxes. She describes the 1% of the United States, that is the overall wealthiest, as hoarders.
"If you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you live. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you're willing to try." -President Obama
A college degree is earned, not handed to you.