For those who plan to go to college..or not

Monday, November 07, 2005

Citation #5

I know I should have been done with this a while ago, but this website I found was pretty good. It's pretty lengthy so of coarse I had to make a link.

Mariani, Matthew. "High-earnig workern who don't have a bachelor's degree." Federal Citizen Information Center. 07 Nov. 2005 .

This site gave information more so on jobs you can get without a bachelor's degree. There are also some tables that show how many people in a certain profession don't have a bachelor's degree.

Introduction for Paper

Thursday, November 03, 2005


I.Title(still working on it)
A.Imaginative Scenario
1. write a scenario explaining what most people think of college
B.Explain research question
C.Give preview of paper
1.1 good reason to go to college
2.1 reason why college is not necessary
D.Opinion/Thesis degree is not required to have a successful life
A.Reasons why college is not necessary
1.well-paid jobs that don't require a college degree(this may take up a whole
paragraph because there are 16 and I have to list the salaries as well)
2.Census data level of people who are over 25 years old
B.Reasons to go to college
1. long-term benefits(as well as some short-term)
2. explain differences in salary from people with no education to people who
are professionals in their field
C. Primary Source Information
1. Adults who went to college
a. their job now and the kind of lifestyle they live
2. Adults who didn't go to college
a. thier job now and the kind of lifestyle they live
A. Restate thesis
B. Summarize information found

Yeah, that's my outline. It's not very specific, but I gives you an idea of where I want certain information. All I need is my survey information and then I can start writing my paper(I can't wait).

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

my research project so far

I'm really happy with my research project as of now. At first, I had a really hard time getting information. Then I started re-wording my question for the search engines and I started to get some really good stuff. I guess you could say I've modified my question a bit, but it answers my questions. I never actually got a ratio of people who went to college and have well-paid jobs to people who didn't go to college and have well-paid jobs. The information I have is pretty much the benefits of going to college and the disadvantages. I do have some salary charts and some numbers of educated people. I don’t have an actual percentage of how likely it is to get a well-paid job without going to college, but I think I get the idea. Once you get used to the whole research and making citations thing, it’s not all that bad. I might be ready to start my paper once I get my primary source. I have 4 citations, so I think that would be the last thing before the paper. I just need to find a way to make a citation for my survey.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I accidently skipped citation #3, so I guess this is it

"The Value of a College Education." ACU's Affordable Excellence. ACU. 01 Nov. 2005 "">

By going to college, students:

* Get and keep a better job. Because the world is changing rapidly, and many jobs rely on new technology, more jobs require education beyond high school. With a college education, your child will have more jobs from which to choose.
* Earn more money. People who go to college usually earn more than those who do not. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that in 1998 average annual earnings were $22,895 for a high school graduate and $40,478 for individuals with a bachelor's degree.
* Get a good start in life. A liberal arts education helps students acquire a wide range of knowledge in many subjects as well as an advanced understanding of their major subject. College also trains students to express their thoughts clearly in speech and in writing and to make informed decisions.

Society benefits from college-educated citizens.

Individuals with college degrees, on the average, are healthier and more likely to be employed. They generally enjoy a better quality of life. They vote and volunteer, and their children are also more likely to aspire to earn a college education.

More than ever, a college education is a sound investment.

It wouldn't let me do a link, but whatever, this isn't extremely long. This site was similar to the one in citation #4, and I looked at it for the same reason as I did citation #4. It gave some benefits of going to college. I think this one is actually encouraging people to got to this college, but it still gave me sufficient info.

Citation #4

"Why Go to College?." Think College Early Massachusetts. Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. 01 Nov. 2005 <"">

I thought I would look at some of the good things about going to college because I didn't want to just have all the bad stuff. This gives good reasons to go and shows salary charts based on education. You can access it by clicking here.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Primary source

Since we have to to have a primary source, I think I'm going to do a survey. I'll ask adults if they went to college and if they have a job. I'm not going to ask their salary because that's kind of rude. I think I'll have an idea of their salary once I know what their job is. I want to be discreet about the details because I don't want people to be offended by the question, I just want to know what the average is. I could probably also ask my parents how many of their friends went to college and if they know what they're doing now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Citation #2

"United States Selected Social Characteristics:2004." American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. 26 Oct. 2005 .

Estimate Lower Bound Upper Bound
High school grade (grades 9-12) 16,626,365 16,534,987 16,717,743

College or graduate school 17,655,898 17,474,771 17,837,025

Population 25 years and over

186,534,177 186,453,787 186,614,567

Less than 9th grade

11,698,807 11,517,573 11,880,041

9th to 12th grade, no diploma

18,277,242 18,114,384 18,440,100

High school graduate (including equivalency)

55,055,121 54,796,261 55,313,981

Some college, no degree

37,875,025 37,667,169 38,082,881

Associate degree

13,216,578 13,097,708 13,335,448

Bachelor's degree

32,030,270 31,818,126 32,242,414

Graduate or professional degree

18,381,134 18,197,092 18,565,176
This gave me inofrmation on the actual numbers of people and their educational backround

My First Citation!

This is my first citation and I'm very exited because I had been looking around forever and didn't find diddly-squat. Click here to see the site.

Coombes, Andrea. "16 Well-Paid Jobs That Don't Require a Degree." The Wall Street Journal . 26 Oct 2005

This article taked about 16 jobs that you could have without a college degree. They all paid pretty well, for no college degree.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


I've been wondering about a lot of things since I first arrived here at DHS. My most recent wonder, and the one I'm doing my research project on, is the ratio of people who go to college who get well paid jobs to people who don't go to college and have well paid jobs. That should probably explain the title and the web address. The reason I wonder this sometimes is because high school is a place where you're supposed to start planning your future. Well, I'm trying to start planning mine. Most of my teachers are telling the class that they should go to college and I'm wondering if it's really worth the time. I know people who don't graduate from college are sometimes the people who end up working at the local McDonald's, but there are people who don't go to college and are making millions of dollars. I want to know how likely it is to be making millions of dollars without going to college. I just don't want to spend a whole bunch of time in college and then get a job that didn't even require college experience.