Why College?

The first answer typically involves how much money you can earn during your lifetime. People with a bachelor’s (four-year) degree earn more than those with a high school diploma and no additional education. Estimates vary from $450,000 to $700,000 or even $1 million over the course of your work life.

More money, by itself, should not be the only motivation, though. A college degree increases your chances of finding a career you enjoy, and happy employees help make happy families.

Individuals with a college and university education typically have an easier time finding a job. Education means more options, better advancement opportunities, and greater job security. One survey showed that the rate of unemployment for college/university graduates was half the rate of people who did not have degrees.

Higher education exposes you to new ideas and people from different backgrounds. College/university gives you information, skills and insight you will use for the rest of your life. It helps you to express yourself clearly orally and in writing.

Not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life is not an obstacle. Many, many students start college without a planned major or career. One of the best parts of college is that it introduces you to new subjects, people and ways of looking at the world.

Don’t think college/university will be too hard. All colleges, from two-year schools to four-years universities, offer student support that includes tutoring. Some have specific programs for new students who are the first member of their family to attend college.

If no one in your family has gone to college, being the first one is okay. Your parents will want to understand why college is important for you and you need to be prepared to tell them how it would be good for your future. Many families take great pride when their first son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew goes off to college.