The future of higher education is a constantly debated issue, with widely varying opinions on how it should be shaped and structured. As a student, my views regarding this matter are naturally focused largely on my own experience. I came to college because I recognized it as an opportunity to better myself and allow me to work in a field that I would not otherwise be able to enter. To me, a college education is invaluable, and I have come to believe that such an opportunity should be available to anyone who wants it. Nevertheless, I also realize that it is not the best path for everyone, nor is everyone going to college the best path for society. The technical skill gap remains a large problem for American employers, and trades offer a secure living. I cannot presume to dictate the best choice for anyone, but I generally believe that higher education does not only involve universities. It is important to continually try to learn and improve oneself, but this can be through a large number of pursuits; therefore, I hold that our society should adopt a broader view of higher education as we move forward.