Underage Drinking On College Campuses

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American educator and university and foundation president Robert M. Hutchins asserted that “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” For most young Americans, a high school education lasts four years. However, even after four years, many are still not mature enough to enter college and successfully complete their degrees. Students should not be allowed to graduate high school after having only two years completed. As I look back at my own high school career, I realize I was not adequately prepared to enter college. I never studied for a test or wrote essay upon essay. I sailed through each class with ‘A’s and ‘B’s and graduated with honors. I thought I was ready, but when I got to college…show more content…
This means that “responsible, educated” 18-20 year olds are binge drinking, which is bad enough, but add into the mix our inexperienced 16 year olds who are highly influenced by peers and often make bad decisions and it is a recipe for disaster. Many high school and even middle school students are also binge drinking and partying, and underage DUI’s are at an all-time high in our country. However, it stands to reason that if you were to send a 16 year old out of state or even just a few hours away it would be much easier for them to drink without their parents finding out. Sending a teen off to college is a symbol of passage into adulthood. You cannot expect to send a 16 year old to college and still have full control over their curfew and monitor their social life. Of course, along with drinking comes sexual promiscuity. STD’s, or sexually transmitted diseases, are also at epidemic proportions. American teenagers have more pregnancies, births, and abortions than youngsters in any other Western Industrialized country. One-third of young US girls, about 820,000, become pregnant before they turn 20 (80% are unmarried) and 4 million American teens contract an STD each year. (Teen Sex- Do Abstinence Only Programs Discourage Teen Sex? Web) With these statistics, it is apparent that teens are not making wise decisions regarding their own health and well-being. Nothing is more serious and personal than your health, and teens don’t seem to be able to grasp the gravity of the situation. Teens are bombarded with sex education, and yet have the highest STD rates in the country. Graduating these kids 2 years sooner just doesn’t make sense, and would only lead to more STD’s among college-age
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