During high school, many students start to weigh the importance of college to try and decide if it is the right decision to pursue.
Costs and benefits are weighed, and decisions are calculated.
While most enroll in college, some decide to try their hand at the job market immediately. To each his own, truthfully. However, it stands proven that college generally helps open doors to opportunities that you normally wouldn’t have otherwise, and the experiences that you have while in college can shape you in ways that you never thought possible. College allows you to:
Make More Money
The knowledge, skills, and experience that you gain in college will open doors to some unanticipated places. College helps teach problem solving skills that create more independent individuals. Also, you’ll be able to make more money, too. According to Forbes, individuals who graduate from college make roughly $830,000 more in lifetime earnings than those who have just high school diploma. Not too shabby.
Learn About Things that You Like
There’s no doubt that college will challenge and inspire you. But, as opposed to high school, it’s in an area of your choosing. Are you a music fanatic? Study musical theory and performance. Science buff? Try organic chemistry or astrophysics. Engineering enthusiastic? Take some time to learn about crazy things like pneumatic muscles and mini PA actuators.
As you explore different subjects, you truly gain meaningful knowledge and experiences that will stick with you for a lifetime. By focusing on an area that you enjoy, college bridges the gap between education and interest and allows individuals grow and mature mentally.
Make Lasting Connections
The things that you experience in your late teens and early 20’s will help to shape who you are later in life. College exposes students to new people, places, and experiences that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience. Chances are, you’ll find a new social circle with a group of friends who have a range of experiences that are different from yourself. That leads to more learning, more growth, and more connections. Who knows, maybe someone that you meet while in school will lead you to your first career or more.
Test out Your Career Choice
College gives students more time to determine what they want to do for the rest of their lives before actually entering the workplace. That’s a good thing, too, because many students end up switching major to suit their changing interests as they learn and grow. Studies state that as much as 80% of college students change their major at least once during their collegiate career.
Taking time to pursue your interests while in college provides you with more time to make decisions regarding your career and life path.
Get Involved in Something New
College is a great time to meet likeminded individuals who share the same interests as you. With thousands of students (who are all roughly around the same age group) gathered together on one campus – it’s safe to say that there are more than a few opportunities to get involved in something that you normally wouldn’t.
With almost too many clubs, intramural sports, and activities to count on most college campuses – take some time to try something that you’ve always wanted to.
There are an innumerable amount of reasons to go to college or university after high school, but we think that these 5 paint a pretty good picture of some of the benefits that you’ll receive by going to college.
Whether it’s making more money, growing your knowledge base, meeting new people, or trying new things – college can be a great time to work on yourself to determine who you will be in life and in your career.
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