PayYour Own Way
The‘‘Pay your own way’’ essay states that college students arelazy because they are not responsible for their education (Kennedy,et al., 2012).The author’s argument is based on the fact that he can work andpays for college therefore, expects that all other students shouldbe able to do the same. She states that his parents put themselvesthrough the school and they expected him to do the same. According tothe author, students with parents who provided the school fees andsocial activities scored lower grades compared to her. In as much asthe author provides evidence to support the lack of seriousness amongstudents who does not bear the financial obligation of their collegeeducation, she relies on her personal experiences and thus there is alack of enough evidence to support the claim that college studentshave to pay their own way. The level of commitment of the collegestudents depends on various factors other than their ability to meetfinancial obligations.
Collegeexperiences vary from one individual to another and it may be truethat some students are not responsible for their school feeshowever, this does not indicate that all students joining collegesfrom high schools with no debt are entitled to free education. It isimpossible to generalize about college students and thus a conclusioncannot be made that college students who don’t pay their fees arelazy as presented in the text ‘‘pay your own way’’(Kennedy, et al., 2012).It is important to understand that people go to colleges for variousreasons under different situations which are different from theauthor’s experiences. Some of the students joining colleges are notfresh from high school, and this means that they have worked for sometime and can afford their fees. For example, students studying forthe purpose of advancing their career position in the workplaces haveenough funds to cater for their school fees, unlike the fresh highschool graduates.
Lazinessis a character that develops depending on an individual’supbringing environment. Not all students from rich families are lazy,and the same applies to the low-income families. Some students joincolleges because they acquired scholarship and they will always workhard to satisfy their sponsors. Such students will be serious withtheir coursework and attain admirable grades in the college. Thedesire to work hard is influenced by passion and the focus of thelearners rather than the financial obligations they have towardstheir education as presented by the author in the ‘‘pay your ownway’’ composition.
Finally,family experiences also affect the college experiences and attitudesof the learners towards the coursework. The author claims that herparents paid their own college fees and thus expected her to do thesame. Some students have grown up in environments where a collegeeducation is a not a must and thus they may have to raise their feesif they want to join colleges (Kennedy,et al., 2012).On the other hand, other families have education standards whereeverybody is expected to attain and thus the parents will be willingto finance the college education of their students. Therefore,college students are not lazy just because they do not pay their ownfees as per the author’s argument. The analysis of the concept oflaziness among the college students requires a multifactorialanalysis rather than basing on an individual’s experience to make aconclusion on the topic.
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