Regional College Access Center

Why Go to College?

Explore and broaden your interests/mind

You can take various courses on topics that intrigue you, join clubs and activities that interest you, and meet diverse people from around the nation and, at times, the world. In college, your knowledge is expanded, and you are given the opportunity to better learn about the broader society that we live in. Because of these things, you will be able to see more possibilities in front of you, and you can dream bigger.

Meet lifelong friends and have fun

The college experience is an something that people do not forget. Students participate in activities such as hanging out with friends, going to parties, taking interesting and unusual classes, and going to football games and other sports. All of the people you will meet can be hold a wealth of new knowledge and perspectives, as well as prove to be valuable sources of support and networking.

Financial investment for a higher salary

According to University of North Texas, those with a bachelor’s degree or higher have the competitive advantage when interviewing for jobs. They also tend to earn 75 percent more per year than those with only a high school diploma!

Here’s a graph comparing the national average yearly incomes and unemployment rates of people with various degrees:

As you can see, the more education a person completes, the higher their wages and the lower their unemployment rates. Of course, situations vary and as with all charts, this one should be taken with a grain of salt.

Higher Life Earnings

Source: http://www.unt.edu/pais/howtochoose/why.htm

Time to decide on where you want to go, and what you want out of life

Those who enter the workforce straight out of high school do not have that luxury of time to learn about what’s out there, who they are, and what they want. Going to college will allow you that time to explore and plan out your career path.

Develop independence and life skills

In college, everyone does their own thing. Of course students spend time with their friends, but each of them have different schedules, interests, and activities in which they are involved in. You’ll find that you are in control of the activities you spend your time on, and where your money goes. Usually, because of this independence students can learn to be good with money, people, and the handling of the professional world. According to ownyourownfuture.com, “college helps you improve your decision-making, communication, and analytical skills.” These are the skills that many businesses like to see in those they hire.

More open doors and choices

With a college education, you’d have the ability to choose your career focus, your work environment, and have more autonomy in general. Plus, with higher incomes, you’d also have the ability to choose your lifestyle and what type of car you drive, home you live in, or vacations you take. This is not something that those with only a high school diploma can say they have.

More respect

According to californiacolleges.edu, “education equals respect,” especially in our society.

Valuable resources for students

Colleges can lead to knowledge about more opportunities, and can also find internships and other advantageous resources for students. Most colleges include career centers and professors with many connections in their field.

With a degree you’re more likely to get a job and have security

In these economic times, more college students are competing for the same jobs as those with only their high school diplomas, with distinct advantages. College students are more likely to have done internships, and their graduation and degree itself proves that they have the ability to learn new things and cope with challenging situations.

Personal empowerment and satisfaction

Surviving, and graduating, from college is no small task. In fact, it requires a lot of self-discipline and hard work. The achievement of graduating brings with it a sense of confidence in your own abilities and possibilities, pride that you earned it, and respect from those around you. Furthermore, the knowledge and experiences that you received are things that can never be taken away from you. Many of those things are unique to college.

Other advantages to being a college graduate

According to schev.edu, research indicates that college graduates: live longer, have better access to quality healthcare, are more economically stable, have more disposable income, have more time for leisure, vote more, are more involved in their communities, live in more affluent neighborhoods that have better access to quality schools and healthcare, achieve higher skill levels, and their children tend to grow up healthier, perform better in school, and are more likely to attend college.

Resources/links

http://www.unt.edu/pais/howtochoose/why.htm

"Why is college important?" document-californiacolleges.edu

http://collegetidbits.com/wordpress/2012/11/20/why-go-to-college/

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-reasons-why-college-important-1939022.html?cat=4

http://www.schev.edu/students/espanol/EnglishPDFs/SectionI.pdf

http://www.ownyourownfuture.com/files/for_parents_section/PDF/ms_parent_guide_why_college_is_important.pdf