Is College Worth It?

People called me self-centered for breaking my family’s bank to go away to college. Maybe they were right.

So what do I say now, when people ask me if it was all worth it? My answer is still, “yes.” College provided opportunities I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere. My only regret is that I didn’t think of a better way to pay for them.

Michael Arceneaux will be writing a new feature on The Root called The Recession Diaries. Do you have a recession story? E-mail him at