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“Just get the piece of paper.”


When applying to college, we would all like to get into the college of our choice. But in reality you and a multitude of other students are applying to that same school. And chances are a lot of them will be rejected from places as well. So what is there left to do. Go to the school that accepts you into the doors. But in all reality, does it really matter what school you get accepted admission. Because there is always the ability to go and then transfer to your school of choice. But should it really matter?

paying for name

You are generally buying the name on the degree instead of what school you’re attending. Because yes, if you attend Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Duke, or any of the similar private and Ivy league schools, employers tend to look at your résumé differently. But for the majority of students, you’re not going to be attending a top university. So what does the name really mean? Does it mean that if you don’t go to one the top ten schools you won’t amount to anything in life. That’s not real because hundreds of thousands go to college every year. But only a chosen few will get into these schools.

what are you bringing to the table

Inevitably, it will be about what you are bringing to the table. What do you have to offer yourself and your employer. No one can make you great at what you will do in life except for you. Life is about what you put into it, not all about what college you attended. So get the piece of paper, but don’t lean to heavily on it. Because it’s a small part of the overall big picture toward success.

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“Pay for stay.”

don’t forget to turn the light off

Have you ever been to a one star hotel? How about a top notch five start hotel? Well, that’s what our college campuses have become. A place where you received the knowledge to go into the world and build a life for yourself have now become more on experiences. And I don’t mean learning experiences, I mean actual fun experiences. There are now amenities that can rival going to an actual hotel for vacation. There are spas, state of the art gymnasiums, and even great places to dine. But what about the learning in school; where does the learning stand?

top notch living

The following college campuses are considered to be the most beautiful college campuses in America as written about in 2017.

  1. Berry College in GeorgiaRelated imageThis university is a private college located in Mount Berry in the state of Georgia. A relatively small campus with just under 2,000 undergraduate students and 130 graduate students. This rural campus provides beautiful views in a serene living environment.
  2. University of Colorado Boulder, ColoradoUniversity of Colorado - Most beautiful US universitiesThis sprawling campus looks more like its own SUBURBAN community than a college campus. Not only top notch facilities, but also the relaxation of KNOWING the people inhabiting your campus is students.
  3. Bryn Mawr College, PennsylvaniaBryn Mawr - Most beautiful US universitiesThis private instituion is a women’s liberal college who traces its roots back to the late 1800’s. Also a small private school with a great learning environment for women.
  4. Stanford University, California
A prestigious university home to great academic learning facilities, great leisure activities, and equally attractive NCAA sports program. But without a scholarship to pay for attendance, good luck in getting into the school even with an acceptance letter. This university is quite expensive, but worth the stay.
5. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Hawai’iUniversity of Manoa - most beautiful US universities
This college campus is literally in an environment that is a resort town. This campus is a much larger institution with beautiful Pacific Ocean views. It’s hard to believe that students actually attend college classes and resist the ability to go to the beach.
6. Cornell University, New York
This Ivy League university which sits boast state of the art facilities and a rural landscape that resembles European style architecture.
7. University of Notre Dame, Indiana
A university that not only pride itself on being a historic school for academics, but also a school that inspired a film (Rudy). Student sight every year to be apart of the Fighting Irish, but very few get accepted. Unless you’re one of the best athletes in the country, then you have a better chance of playing and attending the school.
8. Princeton University, New Jersey
This Ivy League college is of the most respected of them all. Known for graduating multiple businessman and prominent politicians. Nestled quietly in the city of Princeton, New Jersey, they have been and continue to one the most sought after schools in the country. So good luck with trying to get an acceptance letter, and that goes for athletes as well.
9. Furman University, South Carolina

Lesser known, when standing next to the names on this list, but what it lacks in name recognition it makes up with beauty. Another private, Ivy League school situated in the rural environment of South Carolina. It is a home away from home for so many attending.
10. University of Virginia, Virginia

And the last on the list, but still well-known, this public university in a Commonwealth state has a southern feeling in the Northeast. Not only a sports powerhouse, but they are also a major research university institution.

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“What is wrong with payment?”

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been a strong organization that has served as a platform which has launched the careers of so many well-known athletes. But the topic in recent years have came up regarding the payment of athletes for their performance in sports. Should they be paid for their skill or shouldn’t they be paid? It makes sense considering how much money the universities and the NCAA make off these athletes. Others say they are receiving a free education so what’s the use of giving them payment as well. Well, let’s observe both sides of the argument and see the point of view from both perspectives.

On the side of paying athletes, a reason to pay athletes is because the value of a college education versus the what they are making the university does not equate. Meaning, an Ivy League education is of the highest value, and that is only a few million dollars. Not a few million dollars per year, but that is the value over the person’s entire career in life. In addition to that, the university is pulling in major television, internet, and endorsement deals, meanwhile athletes make nothing. The athletes are the ones people are coming to see. So why are the main people who are the reason for this monetary gain not being compensated. Even the coaches are pulling in salaries, some of which making 5, 10, even upwards of $20 million in a year as a coach. With all that has been said, athletes typically spend more time playing their sport than going to class anyways, why not compensate them?

But what about the other side of argument. How come athletes are being paid? For starters, paying students to go to school sets precedent where now they are not attending to receive schooling, but income. They are far less inclined to learn anything if you are already on your day job. In addition, paying to play does not translate into anything in the work environment. The majority of athletes will not be going pro in sports, so what job can they get with college athlete on their resume. But an even bigger issue is the competitive nature of recruiting for sports. Whereas prior to payment, Ivy League schools would now start to get in the business of sports. They have more capital than a lot of other schools, so they would dominate given they have such an access of finances. As well as other public and private institutions with much larger endowments; they would monopolize NCAA sports.

In my opinion, even with the the amount of money coming it still would be a problem to pay. And my argument is not them receiving a free education. Why, because an education is not what gets you employment in society. Think of it as baking a cake, a college degree is just icing. Everything that goes into making that cake is you not your education. My issue would be the players with funding to come into the sports game monopolizing the system. Even with an implementation of a sports cap, you would still have New York Yankee style recruiting, out bidding other schools for athletes. So in the end, paying athletes could actually hurt the NCAA. Not just monopolizing, but sports agents would come into play, endorsement companies that serve a system would now be in athletes interest. And athletics would no longer be team sport, rather a chase for dollars. So as irritating as it may seem, paying collegiate athletes could hurt sports competition rather than help.

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“Do they hold up today?”

Well over a century ago, African Americans in the United States were denied the access to a lot of universities across the country. This denial prompted us to create our own universities called, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).  I myself the first semester of undergraduate school attended an HBCU called Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Now, me being born in the year 1987, I had options in which college I would be attending. Nonetheless, I decided to go anyways before transferring back home to UW-Parkside. Now, times have changed since those schools were designed. The question now looms as to do we really need them today. Are HBCU’s relevant in America in today’s society with so many other options?

In my opinion there is an upside and downside of having HBCU’s. The upside of going to an HBCU, is that the courses are more centrally focused in aiding you in your future success. There is more of a guidance process in assisting young Black males and females. You are encouraged to take on a path that will help you after college. HBCU’s also take young people who would otherwise not go to college and cultivate their skills. Most traditional state and private schools may turn them away. But HBCU’s bring them in, and by the time the student leaves they are more than ready for the job market. Yet, are there any downsides to going to an HBCU.

Well, in America today, the downside of going to an HBCU is that you are not getting the interactions you’re going to have in society. Chances are, when you graduate, you’re going to work in a work environment totally different than your school environment. Most workplaces are predominantly White, so you’re talking about two different worlds colliding. Even though I went temporarily to an HBCU, my upbringing was different than most students at the school. But I think the biggest downside is that you can’t get money for college unless you go to an HBCU. In order to gain access to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) finances, you must attend an HBCU. If I grew up in California, most HBCU’s are in the south, what if I want to stay close to home. Now your kid can’t get funding from an organization built to give them finances.

In the end, there is no one side of looking at this topic. There are the ups and downs of keeping HBCU’s open. For the most part they are the start of Black higher education in America. But since desegregation, Black students are choosing upon schools that have better academic programs, yet the financing for the HBCU’s have declined. What’s sad is that the more time that pass, HBCU’s will further decline. Especially knowing that you can’t procure funding if you want to stay where you’re from. President Trump recently met with HBCU presidents, yet it will take more than a meeting and photo op to save these schools.