Top 5 Reasons to Go to College
Published on January 22, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
There may be a wide variety of reasons to go to school, but it is not cheap in dollars, time or mental fortitude, so why should anyone go to school? Here are my (and the collective suggestions of many of my friends at Broadview University-Orem that have taken the plunge into higher education) top five reasons to go to school.
They are not in any particular order, but they are all important.
1. Build a network—both personal and professional
We live in this world with over seven billion people, and it is awfully hard to find success (either professional or personal) without other people.
“I have found that by expanding my professional network, the more I find social opportunities. This has naturally led to increased job opportunities,” Ryan Farley, campus director at Broadview University-Orem campus, said.
Benefits of building a network include expanding your communication skills, enhancing your reputation and building self-esteem. There are countless other benefits, including making friends.
2. Be a role model for your children and family
Many students are the first in their family to go to college and do not have the history of higher education in the family. Whether you are the first, or part of a long tradition of family members going to college, your journey is an inspiration to your children.
3. Make more money
According to the US Census Bureau, here are the average yearly incomes by educational level.
- High school drop outs: $18,734
- High school graduates: $27,915
- College grads (with a bachelor’s degree): $51,206
- Advanced degree holders: $74,602
I would argue if the only reason you go to college is for ‘money’ then you will never be truly satisfied. We all need to find something we have a passion for, something we enjoy doing every day and make us feel our work is important. Having said that: show me the money!
4. More career options—hopefully the one you are passionate about
As I mentioned earlier, we need to do something we have a passion for and gets us up every day to go to work. You can get a paycheck for just about anything, but what if you could do what you have always dreamed of doing?
“I went back to school to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with rescue animals. It’s something I have always wanted to do, and I knew that going to school was the only way I could make that happen. If I hadn’t come back, I could never achieve my dream of opening my own animal rescue sanctuary,” said Doug Crew, veterinarian technology student at Broadview-Orem.
Don’t settle for anything less than what you want. You deserve it!
5. Knowledge—actually learning stuff that will help you throughout your life
I often start my courses with a summary of what the class will be about, how the students get their grade and the rules of the classroom. Then I add one more important thing we are going to do: learn stuff, gain some knowledge, become smarter, feed your brain! If this is not part of your quest when you start college, it will be by the end. Learn—it’s good for you.
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