I was traveling this summer with my family and stayed in a neat hotel up in Yellowstone National Park. It was exciting getting to meet all of the staff because most of them were students about my age that traveled up for tourist season so make an extra dollar or get work experience.
As we were seated one evening for dinner, I asked the host where he was from, and how he decided to come to yellowstone for the summer. He was from the northeast and his eyes lit up as he told me about how he was saving up to go to trade school for welding.
It was evident to me in that moment that a college degree isn't necessary for every individual. It should not be required, or expected that all students go to a university. This student was passionate about welding, and we as a society should encourage affordable learning, not just affordable college.