The Subsidization of University Tuition

 

Pascale Diverlus
ENG 4U

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” He, and many others in history, recognized the importance of education and the impact it can have – not only on students, but also on the world. Unfortunately, due to high tuition fees, many are unable to gain a post-secondary education. University and college tuition has become a luxury available to only those who can afford it, however it is increasingly necessary. Post-secondary school tuition should be subsidized, because the current tuition fees make post-secondary education especially inaccessible to those in marginalized communities, further contributing to the poverty cycle. As well as this, astronomical student debts prevent many from attending college or university. Post-secondary education is a social service that is beneficial to all, therefore is should be made affordable to all.

The subsidization of university tuition would especially benefit those living in marginalized communities. Those in marginalized communities are unable to pay for university and from there a vicious poverty cycle ensues. Although high tuition fees affect all citizens, they prevent residents of marginalized communities from breaking away from the cycle of poverty. However, those with a college degree will earn, on average, 75 percent more than high school graduates in their lifetime.[1] Yet, tuition fees are at their highest. How can the impoverished be expected to defeat their obstacles in order to attend university? In a marginalized community such as areas in Detroit Michigan, the average income for a worker is $26,000 while the average university tuition in the United States is $19,300.[2] Rather than a resource, education has become a commodity for sale. By lowering tuition fees, it for would help to equalize opportunities those living below the poverty line may be able to attend and eventually break the cycle of poverty. The current tuition fees limit those less fortunate. The lowering of tuition fees would greatly benefit those living in marginalized communities.

Many are hesitant to embark on university because of the student debts that follow. In fact, two thirds of students who decide against enrolling in university say that student debt affected their decision. [3] Tuition is high as it is and with added interest, most are unable to fully pay off their student loans for many years after graduating. The debt from tuition fees not only affects the current students but also after the student graduates. Graduating students start their life in debt. Student loan obligations delay the post-education process for most graduates such as starting a family and purchasing a house. The debt of tuition fees also has an impact on students before they even graduate. Researchers have concluded that debt, even at low levels, “can have a detrimental impact on students’ experience of university.” [4] Evidently, tuition should be lowered due to the effect of student debt.

Education is a human right but the with current tuition fees, many are unable to afford the schooling. Post-secondary education should be subsidized because as of right now, it is inaccessible to those especially in marginalized areas and there is a large effect of having student debt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooke, Richard “Student Debt and its Relation to Student Mental Health.” Journal of Further and Higher Education Vol. 28, February 2004.

Davies, Peter “Knowing Where to Study? Fees, Bursaries, and Fair access.” Institute for Educational Policy Research and Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University, UK, February 2008

Day, Jennifer and Newburger, Eric. “The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings,” Special Studies, U.S. Bureau of the Census, July 2002. http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf


[1] Day, Jennifer and Newburger, Eric. “The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings,” Special Studies, U.S. Bureau of the Census, July 2002.

[2] U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. January 2012.

[3] Davies, Peter “Knowing Where to Study? Fees, Bursaries, and Fair access.” Institute for Educational Policy Research and Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University, UK, February 2008.

[4] Cooke, Richard “Student Debt and its Relation to Student Mental Health.” Journal of Further and Higher Education Vol. 28, February 2004.

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Logan Lerman: An Inspirer For Young Teens

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Within the film industry, there are many who desire the money but not the enjoyment of acting and the impact it can have on others.  But, then there are a few who hope to use their fame to leave a mark on the world.  Amongst these few, is Logan Lerman, a teen actor wanting to change the world.  Because of this, Logan Lerman is not just an actor he is an inspirer.

Lerman was born in Beverly Hills, California on January 12, 1992 to Lisa (his manager) and Larry Lerman (entrepreneur). He is the youngest in his family, with a brother Lucas and sister Lindsey (1).  At a young age, Lerman had a passion for movies, and appeared in his first commercial in 1998.  His first film debut was in 2000’s The Patriot, playing one of the sons to Mel Gibson’s character.  His most recent work was portraying D’Artagnon in the 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers (2).  Though acting was a big part of his young adult life, Logan still wants to pursue an education.  He graduated from Beverly Hills High School and hopes to study creative writing at New York University once he settles down (3).

In terms of chosen material, actor Logan Lerman scored points at an early age for attempting some of the most difficult parts imaginable for a preteenager.  These roles include the son of a heroin addict to the portrayal of a child who experienced cruel injustice like being strangled, beaten and sexually abused.  After these emotionally challenging debuts, Lerman dropped down a few notches as far as the intensity of the material he pursued to focus more on a particular cause. Lerman wanted to be able to inspire his audience with his acting and though talented, he wished for a more specific cause that he could put more of his time and effort into doing to help others.  His wishes soon came true because Logan Lerman soon realized that this cause would be the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

In 2010, Lerman appeared in “Change the Odds”, a public service announcement video for the Stand Up To Cancer charity.  It was an initiative to raising funds for innovative cancer research and puts cancer into perspective as a disease everyone must stand up to.  Lerman made a statement to say why this campaign was not only important for him but for the world: “It is important for young people to be aware of the scope of the problem both for their own future and for their loved ones.  It is never too soon to take a stand against these devastating and epidemic diseases (…) It makes me so proud to be a part of the Stand Up To Cancer movement.” (4)  Ever since joining this campaign, Logan has been a busy bee!  He has travelled all over the globe speaking to the public, participating in world wide telethons, and even taking the time to visit cancer patients at hospitals and donating both his time and money towards the cause.

Joining the Stand Up To Cancer campaign was a pivotal moment in his career.  It opened doors to new possibilities and opportunities for him.  Being apart of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign proves that he is not only a talented actor but someone that people his age can look up to and say “I can make a difference”.   To this day, Logan continues to work for the cancer campaign and hopes that others may follow in his footsteps.  He is not perceived as just a youth actor anymore, but also an inspirer.

(1) “Logan Lerman Biography – TI4u.”Teen Idols 4 You : Teen Entertainment News and Picture Galleries. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.teenidols4you.com/bio/Actors/233/logan_lerman.html&gt;.

(2) “Logan Lerman – RTÉ Ten.” RTÉ Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0920/lerma

(3) “An Interview with Logan Lerman of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” – Movies – BlackBook.” BlackBook. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.blackbookmag.com/movies/to-catch-a-thief-logan-lerman-in-percy-jackson-the-olympians-the-lightening-1.20837&gt;.

(4) ” Young Hollywood Bands Together To Stand Up To Cancer — LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ –.”PR Newswire: press release distribution, targeting, monitoring and marketing. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/young-hollywood-bands-together-to-stand-up-to-cancer-99897144.html&gt;.

Not Just a Sport, a Passion

Numerous people find passion in playing sports. My passion lies in the sport of soccer. According to Dictionary.com, soccer is defined as a ‘form of football played between two teams of 11 players, in which the ball may be advanced by kicking or by bouncing it off any part of the body, but the arms and hands, except in the case of the goalkeepers, who may use their hands to catch, carry, throw, or stop the ball.’[1] Soccer is played around the world. It is ranked the number one played sport in the world. There are many aspects to the game of soccer. As many other sports do, soccer takes skill and perseverance.  Soccer is about the challenge and accomplishments. The competition, exercise and friendship are what makes me strive for the thrill of the game.

In soccer the competition is strong; of two teams one must win. The competition is what I enjoy the most. I feel the rush of adrenalin shoot through me as I carry the ball down the field, manoeuvring back and forth, trying to make my way to the net. The challenges of the opposing players I approach throughout the game are what motivates me to become better. The pressure is on every step along the way.

Exercise is a benefit gained from soccer, as I am constantly running up and down the field. Not only do I enjoy the sport but I’m getting a great workout along the way as an added bonus. In the game of soccer I never stop moving. It’s a game of endurance.  I am either sprinting to beat another player to the ball or jogging to catch up to the play. Therefore, not only do I get a great cardiovascular workout, but I am also increasing my speed, agility and flexibility. Soccer does not only give me a physical workout but a mental workout as well. It is constantly a mental challenge to be prepared for the next move. I don’t know what the player approaching me will be thinking; I must be physically and mentally prepared for any action.

Another thing that makes me passionate about soccer is the friendships I make. Throughout the soccer season I grow with my team, not only the players, but the coaches as well. Over the years my teammates may become my opponents on the field, but off the field your friendships blossom.  I not only play soccer with my teammates but I begin to bond with friends who are like an extended family.

Bobby Charlton, a key member of England’s 1966 World Cup team said, “Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.”[2] Passion is key. Why do I find passion in soccer? The competition is what drives me, the exercise is what takes me one step farther in every game and the friendships are what encourages me to play to win. To me soccer is not just another sport, it’s my passion.

 

 


[1] “Soccer.” Dictionary.com. LLC. copyright 2011, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2011. <dictionary.reference.com/browse/soccer>

[2] “Bobby Charlton quotes.” Find the famous quotes you need, ThinkExist.com Quotations.. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2011. <http://thinkexist.com/quotes/bobby_charlton/&gt;