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In 1992 the dropout rate in Americas colleges was almost twenty-four percent Therefore meaning that nearly one out of every five students that head off to college in the fall drop out by the first semester In addition about one out of every three remaining students do not return for their second year This statistic may seem outrageous however it is true Furthermore a study has shown that if the dropout rate continues at its current pace it will reach thirty percent by the turn of the century Although the reasons or excuses for dropping out are endless the majority of drop outs can be linked to the following home sickness environment and cost The first cause home sickness is not a big problem for most However there are many teenagers that have never been out of their state and in few instances out of their city For these select few it is extremely hard for them to leave The first day of college can be the hardest In particular registering for classes So many people are all trying to do the same thing at once For some this can be enough to walk to the car and go home However most will make it through this part of their new life Usually the one thing that will really bother a person is living in a small room with at least one other person sometimes two Often living with strangers will make a person uncomfortable and wishing they were back home This is when many will give up and go back home The next cause being the surrounding environment For new students that are not used to freedom it can be hard to understand that they now have to make their own decisions To illustrate a new student may see that alcohol is relatively easy to obtain Thus resulting in a constant hangover and lack of study On contrary
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