It is not uncommon these days for young adults to accept higher education in universities rather than go to work directly after graduating from high school. People tend to think that those who having a diploma will have a better job, a higher salary and a more successful career. However, there are some badmouthing against higher education recently. Some argue that going to university is useless and time-wasting, because students only learn theories from textbook in university and lack practical experience, as well as miss the chances to be promoted. Is investing in a higher education still worth it? My answer is “yes”. Higher education pays off not only financially but in ways that are impossible to measure.
First, having a degree often means having a better job and earning more money. Graduates may get a same, or even a lower salary compared to their colleagues when they get a job at the first time, but they will soon get a much higher salary after accustomed to the working place and gain social experience. They tend to have a better job performance, be more adaptable to news things, and more creative, thus they are easily to be promoted. Besides, a diploma also gives graduates an upper hand in a economic recession. They stand a better chance of not being laid off, because they are doing more creative jobs in a knowledge-based economy.
Second and more important, students have a new way of approaching the world, through the power of learning, analyzing, and thinking critically. University is not only a place to acquire knowledge, but to learn different ways of thinking as well. For instance, historical lessons are more than just demonstrating some statistics and to know some well-known figures in the history. The true meaning of learning history is to give students a chance to understand themselves differently, seeing how their lives are both like and unlike those who inhabited other eras and other lands. Students learn to analyze one thing from different perspectives. Therefore, they tend to be more sensible and less credulous to the misleading advertisements full of their lives. Higher education prepares students for a lifetime of considering information and growing in knowledge and in wisdom.
Admittedly, students spending a long time in the ivory tower may lack practical experience and not adaptable to a social job. They may not know how to use the knowledge they learned from textbook to solve real life’s problems. However, they can simply overcome this difficulty by taking part-time jobs and attending more social events. A student majoring in economy may not know how to sell household equipment in a department, but after analyzing those products with the knowledge learned from school, and then conceiving of a few of plans, he or she may quickly promote those equipment, and perform much better than before. Moreover, there are many practical lessons in school to help student gain real experience. In these lessons, professors encourage students to think independently, to cooperate with their team members, to build a new model by using theoretical knowledge in order to solve problems.
26。 E constructed
Overall, investing in higher education is a worthy deal, for it will bring you an immeasurable fortune, both in physical and spiritual sides. it not only helps you kickstart a career in fields you like, but gives you a new way to approach the world. The value of higher education is embodied in those who dream bigger and achieve more, who create their own futures by their own hands and shape their own destinies.
27。 O undertaken
28。 F consulted
29。 M array
30。 N scale
31。 I eventually
32。 K necessarily
33。 L production
34。 A cheaper
35。 J height
36。 K （A student’s yearly expenses on access…）
37。 D （The online access codes may be seen as a way。。。）
38。 M （ If a students takes a course again，they may have to buy a new access code to。。。）
39。 G （McGraw Hill accounts for over one-fifth of the market share of college textbooks。）
40。 B （Many traditional textbook publishers are now offering online digital products。。。）
41。 C （One student complained that they now had to pay for access codes。。。）
42。 H （Digital materials can cost students less than half the price of tranditional printed book。。。）
43。 F （One student decided not to buy her access code until she received the pay for her part-time job。）
44。 J （Online systems may deprive teachers of opportunities to make the best use of their expertise for their students。）
45。 C （Digital access codes are criticized because they are profit-driven just。。。）
46。 A （Seneca‘s thinking is still applicable today。）
47。 B （It is a teaching tool under development。）
48。 C （It helps them learn their academic subjects better。）
49。 D （They use various ways to explain the materials。）
50。 B （Their emotional involvement。）
51。 D （They are better educated than their male counterparts。）
52。 C （They think it needs further improving。）
53。 B （Job stability and flexibility。）
54。 D （The balance between work and family。）
55。 A （They still view this world as one dominated by males。）