June 13, 2024

Podcast: Is College Worth It?

Jones News Podcast: Episode One.

Jones News: This podcast engages with students in Knoxville about college life. Includes students from UT Knoxville as well as Pellissippi, Roane State, ITT, Tennessee School of Applied Technology, and more. This first episode is about college as a whole. It asks: Is college is worth it? Are the resources given valuable? Also, addresses life after college and how attending college can help.

In this episode Jones News interviews:

Paige Ballenger, 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She speaks on getting a degree as a means to get a job, the resources that the University of Tennessee-Knoxville provides, on being able to use the resources to work in the corporate office as a marketing advisor, and on how college shouldn’t be free but prices could be lowered to compensate some students getting an education.

Roddy Denor, 27-year-old senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He addresses the value of college and the difficulty in getting a job without a degree, how being born into wealth may be the only way to succeed without a degree, tuition costs including a comparison with Canada, the idea of free college, and addresses freshman college mentality.

Mrs. Lakesha Jones, business-owner, graduated from Tusculum with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. She speaks on how you should at least do one year of college, education for personal growth and financial growth, how college helps you figure out who you are and meet people to help you figure yourself out, college in the 90s and the change since then, current tuition costs, and the choice to further your education beyond bachelors level.

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