The value of a degree

Photo courtesy of Brooke Frierson | Michael D. Crump will be receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.Photo courtesy of Brooke Frierson | Michael D. Crump will be receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Is a degree worth the time and money?

With graduation right around the corner, seniors are preparing to receive their degrees after having worked so hard over the course of four years.

As they walk across the stage, shake the president’s hand and receive praises from their peers and family members, many may be wondering if the degree was actually worth it. 

Decades ago, going to college and obtaining a degree was seen as an extraordinary accomplishment to many because it was not something that everyone was able and willing to do.

Times have changed, and while it is not exactly easier to get a degree, it is almost an expectation for students to go to college after graduating high school.

Since more and more people are deciding to pursue a college degree, the value of it has seemed to decrease.

Graduating senior, Michael D. Crump, said he feels that because he has worked hard these past four years to earn his degree, it has become just a glorified high school diploma.

“The idea of a college degree has become so watered down at this point, almost everyone has one, so in that point no one has one. So to actually get ahead of where a college degree would have got you 20-30 years ago, you have to go to grad school,” Crump said.

Photo courtesy of Brooke Frierson | Michael D. Crump will be receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Photo courtesy of Brooke Frierson | Michael D. Crump will be receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Getting a graduate level degree is an option, but it also means more money and time must be spent for something that does not always guarantee a job. 

Although the bachelor’s degree may not have the same value as it used to, for some it is not about the value of the degree, but rather what they have overcome in order to get one. 

“I don’t feel like more of a person with a degree, I just accomplished because all the hard work I have done for 16 years has finally paid off. I am ready to use my degree and education to help me with my dreams and goals,” Taylor Simpson, a graduating senior, said.

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