During your last two years in high school, deciphering whether or not you should go to college can be scary. Students may feel as if there is no purpose in continuing to college. These days many take notice of the famous and wealthy people without a college education and only look at reasons why college is inessential.
Some have trouble creating a plan for life after high school. They look at other classmates making moves toward their futures and assume college is too hard or it’s too late. But, there is an option for any and everybody, such as a four-year university, a two-year community college, or a trade school. If anyone out there is still on the fence about higher education, here are four reasons why you should go to college.
Attaining a college degree will also open a barrage of doors to one’s future career. Worldwide employment website Indeed says networking is essential because it “provides job leads, possibilities for advancement and opportunities for personal improvement.” It supplies the chance to make friends and connections in the business world, which are beneficial years down the line. The relationships built from networking will markedly increase the chances of obtaining internships and joining professional groups and organizations.
Earn More Money
On average, those with a college degree earn much more than those with only a high school diploma. The Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates in 2018, workers with a postsecondary education earned approximately $1,198 a week. Those with only a high school diploma earned just $730 a week and will be missing out on roughly $1 million.
In the United States, unemployment rates can skyrocket at any time. Hence, many focus on stability when looking for a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates those with a higher level of education lower their chance of unemployment exceedingly. Unemployment can leave a person vulnerable to giving up because they can not find career stability.
It’s a known fact that college provides precious experiences you will not get in high school. One of the best things about college is gaining a personal sense of independence which will prepare you for the actualities of life and a post-college career. When one starts college, they begin adulthood. They have to learn how to hold themselves accountable for managing their time, completing their homework, handling their course load, and ultimately, their own success.
This is just a short list of reasons to go to college for those of you who haven’t quite made up your mind about life after high school. If your interest is piqued, check in with your school counselor on how to plan the next steps toward your collegiate future.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy