Some students think college is not necessary for the career they are considering to pursue after high school. Other students fear the cost of a college education. However, many studies show us that a college education gives students a great return on investment. There are other benefits of attending college as well. Guest blogger Meghan Belnap shares four reason you should still consider to go to college.
Guest Blog by Meghan Belnap
Whether or not it’s in a student’s best interest to attend college has been in the news a lot lately, with skyrocketing student debt and youth underemployment being major issues in our society. Still, there are many reasons why college is still worth it.
1. Better Opportunities
Even now, college graduates are awarded greater benefits like better jobs and higher salary than non-college graduates per many reputable analyses. And perhaps your passion isn’t something that was covered in high school classes, like a degree in health information management. Going to college will allow you to specialize in an area of study, and most colleges offer quite a few. You can then prepare to enter your career of choice that might not be an option with just a high school education.
2. You Meet People
Not only do many students make lasting friendships while in college, they start making lasting professional relationships as well. As they say, it’s not what you know but who you know, and a wider network, obtained via professors, other students, colleagues at internships, or other professionals you meet will make it easier down the road to get a good job.
3. It’s An Experience
College isn’t just about training for a future career. College helps young people grow by being away from home for the first time. You learn about things that interest you academically and explore new things in your personal life, allowing you to grow as a person. You will have easier access to programs that allow you to go abroad and experience a new country and culture. The experiences you have in college can go a long way towards shaping the rest of your life.
4. There Are Alternatives
If you don’t think traditional college is right for you, there are alternatives to consider. Online degrees, now offered by a growing number of reputable institutions, continue to be an option. Trade programs or associate degrees can prepare you for a specific career and give you practical training for a fraction of the cost and time of a traditional four year university.
In spite of the naysayers, attending college still has a lot of benefits and ultimately puts students in a better position to lead more fulfilling lives and obtain better careers. Attending college can be difficult, but if you can make it happen it can easily be worth your while.
|Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.|