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Is college education worth it? Show more Show less

The ever-rising costs of a university degree, coupled with increasing numbers of unemployed graduates, has left the latest generation of students pondering over whether a college education is worth it. Do the benefits of a college degree outweigh the costs?

Yes, college education is worth it Show more Show less

University education opens career doors, provides higher-paid jobs and offers intangible benefits that improve a graduate's quality of life.
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College teaches interpersonal skills

Students learn valuable interpersonal skills at university.
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Context

College thrusts young students into a new setting where they are forced to branch out and make friends. The interpersonal skills they develop here are invaluable.

The Argument

Universities are a place where students of all races, backgrounds, economic standing, and nationalities are brought together. For many, it is the first time they have lived outside the town or city they grew up in. Exposure to this rich melting pot of individuals helps students develop interpersonal skills that are highly valuable in the working world.

Counter arguments

There are much cheaper and easier ways to build interpersonal skills. The same students could simply relocate to a new city and build the same skills at a fraction of the cost of a university degree.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Interpersonal skills are valuable. [P2] Students learn interpersonal skills at college. [P3] Therefore, college is worth it.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Attending university is not the only way to develop these interpersonal skills.

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