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The Vocational Track

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As an American high school student, I have increasingly felt the pressures of college. Words and phrases like SATs, summer camps, 4.0 GPA, APs, and Honor classes are thrown around as if they truly belong in everyday conversations. I have seen how stress over being accepted into a good college draws severe dark circles under and deadens the eyes of particularly sensitive students. At the same time, our radios hum with news about the low percentages of college graduates and...

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The Vocational Track

As an American high school student, I have increasingly felt the pressures of college. Words and phrases like SATs, summer camps, 4.0 GPA, APs, and Honor classes are thrown around as if they truly belong in everyday conversations. I have seen how stress over being accepted into a good college draws severe dark circles under and deadens the eyes of particularly sensitive students. At the same time, our radios hum with news about the low percentages of college graduates and the heavy weight of student loan debt in America, an incongruity that challenges traditional views that college is a necessary socio-economic stabilizer. As a culture, America strongly identifies success with college degrees; to many, college represents the most obvious gateway to financial success, a better quality of life, and overall happiness. Furthermore, Presidents and other government officials have increasingly focused their public agendas on raising college attendance rates in an attempt to end poverty. However, is sending more and more...



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