Poetry: “Return”

A return to normal life…

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Essay: “Higher Education – Free for all?”

I am blessed in that I live in a country where higher education, meaning any studies after high school is free. When I say free I mean that there are no high fees or tuition to simply attend a class at a university or college. Financing your studies is a whole different matter.

Sometimes I wonder how much we truly benefit from this free access to college and university level classes, even more so when they have opened up to let more people attend than before, introducing new laxer requirements for certain groups. Let me stress that I do think that a free higher education is a good thing; I cannot help but compare myself with friends in the USA who in some cases never could even dream of college because of the costs. If you have the desire and ambition to go to college or a university I do think that this should be an alternative for everyone. But that is not where I find myself stumbling.

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