Life comes with many choices and crossroads that can bring us down a variety of different paths. After high school, when we meet these crossroads, one of the most important choices a student can make is the choice to further their education. This choice is not only a wise one for high school graduates, but for people of all ages. There are many reasons why furthering your education is an important and smart choice for all.
Furthering your education and receiving a college degree helps you establish a secure future for yourself financially. When you have a college degree, the amount of employment opportunities that are available to you will continue to grow. While the amount of jobs available for non-graduates continues to decline [Labourlist], the amount for graduates is statistically proven to increase [The Crimson White].
Statistics state that college graduates make approximately $600,000 [Census] more than non-graduates during their lifetime. Having an education means having more financial security, which will give you more opportunities during your lifetime to travel and participate in other activities that might otherwise not be available to you. While they say money does not buy happiness, it does make life easier.
A college education will provide you with skills that will help you succeed in your personal and professional life. During your education you’ll shape your communication skills, enhance your organization skills and expand your cultural and academic knowledge. These three skills will open up a whole new world for you upon graduation.
Having a degree opens up the doors for many different opportunities. These include the opportunity to hold multiple positions, choose from a variety of different jobs, and even gives you the chance to share your knowledge with others. Holding a degree not only enhances your life professionally, socially and academically, but it creates a great sense of self confidence as well.
College provides you the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships. The reason many people keep the friends they meet in college for the rest of their lives is because it’s easier to meet people with similar interests and worldviews in an academic setting. When attending the same classes or participating in the same college activities, you’re able to connect on a level that differs from other friendships you have already gained throughout your lifetime.
No matter which way you look at it, a college education is one of the best investments you can make in your lifetime. It provides so many great opportunities that you’re simply not able to gain without a college education. By choosing to further your education, you are choosing lifelong happiness, growth, and giving yourself the best chance at achieving success.