Post Secondary = Deteriorating Mental Health?
After thinking long and hard about something I am super passionate about, it was school. Not just school, but a higher education. The goal of people’s lives (seemingly so) is to maintain good grades throughout their adolescence in order to get into a good school, in order to get a good job, in order to make good money, it never stops. Is the price we pay too high? Are we putting too much on the line? Trying to live up to these unreachable standards has been completely stressing me out. Though I really shouldn’t complain, as I know people have it much worse than I do. I am starting to apply for universities, and if trying to maneuver through their damn websites wasn’t enough, the financial pages seem to be the only legible ones. Back to that, if I hadn’t had loving and generous parents, as well as having lucky timing, my chances at having a low stress school experience would have been pretty slim. I have a savings account which covers a little over a years costs of most of the universities I have looked at. If it wasn’t for my mom selling her house when she did, I would have completely suffered from student loans, probably for the rest of my life. If drowning in debt wasn’t enough, the mental health issues that come along with it are probably the worst of it.
This can be broken down into the following premises and conclusion:
Premise one: Post Secondary is expensive as hell.
Premise two: Root of deteriorating mental health is stress.
Premise three: Student loans are commonly used for post secondary.
Conclusion: Students who took out more student loans were more likely to report poor mental health in early adulthood.
By evaluating the various premises’ truth and/or accuracy, we might be able to reveal the soundness of my argument.
Premise one can be easily accepted as true.
Premise two can be contended with, but I can guarantee that anyone with mental health issues (aka anyone with a student load) and agree to the fact that stress is the leading cause in many mental health issues.
Premise three can be seen as true, as the trend of most Canadians is to ensure independence and responsibility at a young age. Not only that fact, but many Canadian families also have more than one child. Many parents cannot afford to send all of their children to school, therefor making them equally suffer together in student loans.
Is there soundness? It’s hard to say. I think for anyone on the opposite side of the spectrum would agree with me in the costly advances universities have made. On the other hand, the factual correctness is all on my own perspective, so to say the main cause of these students mental health is dependent upon whether or not they have student loans could be seen as narrow-minded as there are always confounding variables in any situation.
Over all, I feel although I am being a bit of a generalist with these terms (sorry Jackson I’ve been up sick all day and of course put this off until midnight), I have looked up a few stats about this which can be found at the following links,
I would like to think that I have made completely sound and agreeable premises and conclusion, but to be honest I cannot really be sure until I am there, living life one dime, nickel and penny at a time.