Why do you want to go to college?
If your initial answer is “because my parents expect me to” or “all my friends are going” – think again…
It is important for you to have your own clear reasons for going to college.
These responses may inspire your thinking:
- Enhanced Career Opportunities
Education beyond high school expands your knowledge and skills and also opens doors and eyes to interesting opportunities not otherwise possible.
- Improved Earnings Potential
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, college graduates with a Bachelor’s degree earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates.
- Personal Growth
College is a wonderful opportunity to broaden your horizons, meet new people, develop yourself intellectually and expand your interests.
- Maturity & Self-Reliance
Making many of your own decisions, living away from your family, taking care of yourself, balancing your checkbook and handling daily challenges on your own will enhance your confidence and help position you for success.
- Discipline & Organizational Skills
Managing your time, setting your schedule, studying and dealing with pressure are valuable skills that will serve you well throughout your life.
- Professional & Alumni Network
Your college degree, alumni association as well as the people you meet at college, can help you connect with others both professionally and socially for the rest of your life.
College is a time of personal development, and making new friends is an important aspect. Many college friendships are sustained for years beyond graduation.
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Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.