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5 Reasons Why You Should Go to College

Updated on April 28, 2013

Introduction

College can be a really good starting point for an individual coming straight out of high school, for someone trying to change their career path or for anyone trying to move up in their current career. It is a way of learning more about what you love while having something to show for it. Way back in the day people used to go to college only to better themselves, become smarter and more respectable in their community. Nowadays you pretty much need college to get into most career fields. It is required to become successful? No. Will it help? Yes. It is really up to you to decide whether or not this is the right path for you. Need help with the decision? This is a good place to start. I'll briefly go over 5 reasons why you should go to college and how they can benefit your life not only in the now, but in the future.

1. Learning More About What You Love

This is really what college is all about. You get to pick a topic or field that you really enjoy and learn as much as you want about it. This will help you become more educated in your interests and give you the tools necessary to pursue a career in that field. I am really against people going to college to get a job that pays a lot of money that they have no interest in. Not everyone is going to make 100k or more a year and not everyone should. One should take what they truly enjoy and stick with it. If you love teaching but teaching is a low paying job, so what? It shouldn't stop you from being a teacher. What is worth more, money or happiness? I think I already know the answer to that question. I can't imagine myself head bobbing through an economics class to get a business degree when all I want to do is become a writer and an editor. I guess it is up to you to decide what is right for you in the end. Go to college and learn more about what you love and I promise you will be happy with your job.

2. Learning How to Provide For Yourself

College, for most people, is their first time on their own in their entire lives. Never before have you had to go grocery shopping for yourself, do your own laundry and wash your own dishes with no help other than your own. This is probably one of the best aspects of college in my opinion. You get to learn how to become an adult and provide for yourself. You get to make a routine that works for you and you learn how to get things done. It is always a great feeling to have something that is completely yours. Whether that be a car, an apartment or even a couch. It is yours and it is your responsibility to take care of it. Going to college shows you how important responsibility really is. You have to manage time in school, time with friends and time for responsibilities. This is one skill they can never teach you in a classroom or in any textbook. Everyone is different and have different routines and habits that work best for them. Learning more about yourself in this aspect early on will help you out in the long run.

3. Learning How to Manage Money

Since you are on your own when you are in college, you have to make sure that the money you have will be around when you need it. Money management, along with preparing for interviews and filing your taxes is one of the many things that you actually need that aren't taught in school. If you spend all your money on luxuries you will probably be eating Ramen noodles and drink faucet water for the rest of the month. Money management that you learn in college will help you after you graduate. You will be used to being frugal and once you get a job in the field you have studied in, you will carry some of those traits over into your post-educated life. Some people even have the ability to save money while in college! Going straight into the work force after high school will provide you with money right away and you won't experience that scarce amount of money that you would have in college. While it is nice to have money, the experience you have in college is unique and priceless.

4. Meeting People From All Backgrounds

I really love this aspect of college. You get to meet people from all around the world and from all backgrounds. Whether they be foreign exchange students or just people from out of state you will be wrapped up in new cultures and experience new ways of speaking and new ways of doing day to day things. This cultural experience will help you with tasks you may find on the job as well as dealing with cultural diversity whenever you travel. Culture is one thing that you will never learn in a textbook or from a job. It is something that you have to experience for yourself and college is exactly the place you can experience culture. You have to embrace it and try your hardest step out of your comfort zone while you are in school.

5. Taking the Next Step in Your Life

Finally, college prepares you to take the next step in your life. You will have the education and the know how to step into the career field of your choice and excel. It will give you the opportunity to start the life that you dreamed doing the job you love. College students on average earn over a million more dollars more in their lifetime in comparison to their college skipping counterparts. A million dollars is a lot of money. I am not trying to say that you need to go to college to be a millionaire, but it definitely helps. With the combination of all the skills you learn from school and living while at school you will be able to provide for yourself both financially and physically and be able to manage the additional money that you make so you don't go bankrupt! Would I recommend going to college? Yes. Is it absolutely necessary to have a successful life? No. Chose wisely when going to school. Make sure that you pick the major that you love and only do what you enjoy. The worst thing one can do is spend 4 years in college and end up in a career field they don't enjoy. Get an internship your junior year! Try to gain work experience in your career field while still in school. It will help you in the long run as you will have the experience and education that will put you over your competition. Have fun! That is the most important part.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks susi10. Follow some of the links to see a different point of view!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Good hub! Well structured hub and well-written and I learned a lot.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks DDE! Be sure to read the opposite side of the story on another one of my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Going to college is a good start for most individuals depending if they can afford it your points here are valuable and thoughtful