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Should I Go To College?

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With the total cost of a college education continuing to rise so rapidly, especially given these economic times, many young people are starting to ask themselves "Why should I go to college anyway?". On the other hand, if you speak to a college graduate about the question of whether or not you should go to college, their immediate response would be “YES, of course you should!"

Most experts agree that unless your career requires a specific trade, one better addressed though an alternate course than college, the benefits to your attending college far outweigh the costs… especially when viewed over your lifetime.

INCOME: Various respected studies have shown that a person with a college degree will earn more than one million dollars more in their lifetime than someone without one.

The Census Bureau's 2007 median earnings for full-time workers at least 25 years old stated: Annual earnings, based on degree, are: high school diploma, $32,500; associate's degree, $42,000; bachelor's degree, $53,000; master's degree, $63,000; and professional degrees, $100,000+.

STABILITY: The more educated you are the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.

OPPORTUNITY: Having a college degree will allow you much greater choice in what career you pursue and in what position you accept. Not only directly after graduation but for your entire life.


REQUIRED: Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents'. Most good jobs today require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems and to many that means college.


GLOBAL EDUCATION: College students of today have access to the entire world, not just the US, thanks to the internet. But, the internet is only part of the equation, receiving instruction from an experienced professor returns far more dividends than anything else. Great minds have much to share with you and college campuses IS the place.


PERSONAL GROWTH: College is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons, meet new people, develop yourself intellectually and expand your interests. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss.


MATURITY & SELF RELIANCE: Making many of your own decisions, living away from your family, taking care of yourself, balancing your checkbook and handling daily challenges on your own will enhance your confidence and help position you for success.


ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Managing your time, setting your schedule, studying and dealing with pressure are valuable skills that will serve you well throughout your life.


NETWORKING: Your college degree experience, alumni association as well as the people you meet at college, can help you connect with others both professionally and socially. This is not just while you are in college but also for the rest of your life.


FRIENDSHIPS: College is a uniquely wonderful time of personal development, and making new friends is a very important aspect of that process. Many of your college friendships will be sustained for many years beyond graduation.

GOOD HEALTH: College graduates are generally healthier than their non-college peers, smoking less and eating better. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control revealed that college students have a better grasp of health issues and exercise more often specifically, "Among men, significant increases in regular physical activity were observed among respondents aged 45–64 years, non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, high school graduates, and college graduates

Certainly, you can probably make a compelling argument why you shouldn’t go to college… perhaps finances, grades, or simply a lack of interest stand in the way. Yet, for people who finish college, they’re are so many benefits to themselves. Also, they're much more likely to contribute back to society, something that will benefit everyone.

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