Why It Pays to Finish Your Degree
Published on July 2, 2013 by Staff Writer
We all know the feeling of being completely burnt out on something to the point where all we want to do is run in another direction—or off a cliff—to get away from it. Students often get this feeling after spending so many hours studying that their eyes are permanently bloodshot and their study areas are littered with various course notes, open textbooks, highlighters, calculators, and trash cans overflowing with empty Rockstars. Despite their best efforts to handle the stress of academia, it can eventually take its toll on even the most dedicated students and the temptation to quit becomes more appealing than ever.
Graduating students represent the committed group of individuals who resisted the temptation to quit even on days when they could barely muster up the energy to raise their hands during class. They are the students who stayed up late and got up early to study when they would have rather done something else. They understood that sacrifices had to be made in order to succeed, and they knew it would pay off in the form of a degree that would open the doors to a wide array of opportunities.
Broadview University-Orem’s 13 graduates of Spring Quarter are among those students who sacrificed much in order to achieve their goals, and our Spring Commencement ceremony recognized all of them.
Associate of Applied Science Degrees
Accounting and Tax Specialist: Donnelle Robinson (Graduate of the Quarter) and Brett Sheets (Honors Graduate)
Criminal Justice: Andrew Johnson (High Honors Graduate)
Information Technology: Jesse Meidinger (Honors Graduate & Commencement Speaker)
Medical Administrative Assistant: Emily Gamboa
Paralegal: April Arevalo and Tyrel Brant
Veterinary Technology: Brandy Herbin, Josie Sandoval, and Helen Whittaker
Massage Therapy: Marie Crawford (Honors Graduate) and Emily Mortensen
Medical Administrative Assistant: Michelle Roper
These graduates are now in much better positions to find great jobs that will earn them significantly higher yearly salaries. According to a June 2010 study from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, people with an associate degree earn approximately 26% more per year than those with only a high school diploma, or half a million dollars more over a lifetime.
Earning their degrees will benefit graduates now and for years to come, since it is predicted that by the year 2018, 63% of all available jobs in the U.S. will require at least some college education.
Clearly, Broadview’s Spring graduates had the future in mind when they were cramming for exams and perfecting research papers. Through all the stresses that college life brings with it, the graduates knew that their efforts would eventually yield lifelong rewards.
As information technology graduate Jesse Meidinger said in his commencement talk, “Here I stand now, 18 months later, speaking to you at our graduation. I have learned the work is not always easy, but like many things in life, it is worth it.”
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