Why You Need to Go to College

Why going to college is not a question

Besides the obvious reasons that you don’t want to see the same people walking around a campus for two more minutes, there are so many other reasons why going off to college is the best decision you will ever make. You might think that college is just high school continued, but it’s not. College opens doors for you that high school doesn’t. And college can change you and shape you in ways that you might not imagine. The most obvious advantage is the fact that college graduates generally make much more than those with only a high school diploma. Truth is, there is so much more than just that. Here are four important reasons to consider attending college.

Start Fresh
Sometimes you just need a fresh start in life. You need to put away your old habits and your old self, and become the person you were meant to be. That may sound cheesy, but I’ve found it to be true of myself as well as many other people I know. It is especially the case for young people who are transitioning from childhood to adulthood. College is the perfect opportunity to break out of that old shell and become someone totally new.

Exploring a New Place
Going to college in a different city will give you the chance to explore a place you may never have the opportunity to see otherwise. A student from a small town can live in a big city, or a U.S. student can explore life at a university in Europe. Learning to navigate life in a new place gives students memories and experiences that they will have for the rest of their lives, and the chance to see what life is like somewhere besides home.

When you talk with people about the benefits of their college experience is that it’s often the memories and overall experience that is reflected, not the hours in the library. One of the most amazing things about college is certainly the unique relationships you make. At a four-year school, you’re surrounded by friends in the dorms at nearly all times; you have classes together, you eat all your meals together, you pregame in your dorm room Dzboxdz every night, basically it’s a huge hangout session. When you spend that much time with people, you’re going to form very tight bonds. And because of that – spending so much time with friends – you end up having about the most fun on a daily basis that you’ll ever have. You don’t have the responsibilities of a full-time job or of owning a home, so you’re free to just hang out pretty much all the time with the people you care about. That’s a recipe for having a good time. And of course, don’t forget that college sex, is always the best sex 😉

However, some people have a different experience.

living by yourself or with just a roommate or two, you’ll have to put in more effort to create those lasting relationships. This is especially true in the dating world. Tinder, tinder, tinder. Because outside of college, where you are no longer trapped within blocks of each other it’s hard to know where to look for that special someone. But don’t worry; you have bars, work, and well that’s about it. I suggest mingling away in college so you can save years scrolling on match.com

Going to school in a faraway place presents some challenges. If you go far enough, you’ll be basically by yourself, with no family or old friends around to make the transition of starting a new chapter of your life an easier. This can be a somewhat scary experience, but it’s ultimately a very important one. The courage and skill it takes to pick up and start your life over somewhere new and different will serve you well later in life, when good job opportunities might not exist right on your doorstep. When your stomach hurts, your growing. Just remember that!

You Often Make Great, Lasting Professional/Mentoring Relationships
While as mentioned above, college won’t necessarily expand your mind, it certainly has sufficient potential to do so. College is definitely a time of expanding your horizons and learning to think on your own. Seems whatever but, that’s without a doubt one of the most important things college did for me. Had I stayed close to home, or just gone right into the working world, I’m not sure how much I would have grown intellectually or emotionally. My world views changed quite dramatically over four years in college, and I’m quite thankful for that. You become your own person, develop your own views, and shape your own world.

While tapping into the mind-sharpening power of college requires a student to be self-motivated and leave the path laziness by being forced to seek out, rigorous courses, honors classes, and small seminars, the rewards will be worth you waking up at 8 a.m. that one Friday morning. College is a trigger. While it takes the individual being in the right mindset for growth to really utilize college and all it has to offer, the perspective and philosophy you’ll learn will be carried with you throughout the rest of your life.

Still not convinced? You will earn more money.
A person who goes to college usually earns more than a person who doesn’t. On average, over a lifetime, someone who spends two years in college earns $250,000 more than someone who doesn’t. That’s a quarter of a million dollars more over a lifetime.

In conclusion…

The college experience is part of the American experience. Most people you encounter will have some amount of college under their belts, whether they earned
a degree or not. Dorm life, cafeteria food, and intramurals – these are all things we miss when thinking of the Dzgood ole days.dz If there truly was no value to college, people wouldn’t do it. No matter how you look at it, the decision to go to college is a commitment. One that I personally believe is priceless with the price tag that comes along with it.

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