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Reasons to go to College

Updated on September 8, 2010

Making the decision to dish out thousands of dollars for a college degree may be the biggest decision you ever make; and you should really consider your options, direction, and the benefits of going before you choose your path.

Show me the Money: It is no secret that going to college with increase the income over your lifetime, but you may be asking exactly how much more money will I make if I go. A high school graduate will earn approximately 34,000 dollars a year, where as a College graduate can expect to make 54,000. Financially speaking, if you make it through the struggles of college you will receive a higher economic prosperity and a higher quality of life. The extra capital received through an education allows you to live your life the way you choose to, creating new options and hemispheres to explore. You probably have heard that college graduates will make 1,000,000 more over there life time, which easily pays the cost that it takes to go. Do not use the expense as a crutch not to go, you will easily be able to repay your debt if you finish.

Social Skills: Everyone wants to make new friends and by going to college, you are surrounding yourself by sophisticated people on the path to obtaining great success. These are the friends you want and ones that will last you a lifetime.  College grads tend to be confident and likable people that everyone enjoys being around.

Social Awareness: College creates a learning environment and experience that leads to a higher involvement in political issues. The critical thinking skills college offers creates a socially aware person that can participate in their society.  The education received in college establishes a great moral foundation in the student, teaching them the rights and wrongs of a society.  An educated person the greatest contributer to the environment around them.

Networking: When you go to college, you gain connection with smart, intuitive individuals that can help you establish social connections in the outside world. These connections can last a lifetime and can be a contributing factor in obtaining a higher level of employment after graduation.  When applying for your dream job, knowing that right person makes all the difference in getting your foot in the door.

College provides you with vast opportunities and connections to help you achieve the American Dream, but college is not right for everyone. If you bite off more than you can chew you will find yourself with massive amounts of debt, and lacking a sufficient income if you do not finish, which is why it is important to take time to make an informed choice before you enroll.


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      Darrin Perez 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      As a recent college graduate, I agree with this hub 100%! Nice read. :)

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      7 years ago from New York

      I like the part about it makes you socially aware. A more educated society is probably the only real hope fro America's recovery. Those manufacturing jobs are gone and have left too many Americans thinking they didn't need to be educated, how sad for them. Great write.

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      Mark Passarelli 

      7 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      I think its getting to the point where you need a college education for just about every high paying job.

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      7 years ago

      I agree, you're able to increase your chances in getting a job,career skills and salary. lol I would rather go to college than waste my time trying to make ends meat.

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      7 years ago

      Hi-calculate for me too ...I am a graduate engineer besides a masters degree in management and some expert courses in metal related jobs.


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