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Why Go to College?

Here are a few reasons to consider...

A Better Paying Job: Among the most obvious of reasons-college graduates, on average, make more than those who only completed high school. If there was  a "Top One Reason to Go to College" list, this would probably be it. But we are much more comprehensive than that here. Statistics show that popel with higher levels of education tend to have better job security, so stay ahead of the unemployment curve!

Meet Your Employer's Expectations: As the job market gets saturated with graduates, more and more open positions are asking for degrees. You practically need a degree to be a fry cook these days. Why get stuck on the short end of that curve?

Be More Qualified for Your Field: Lots of jobs require the kind of specialized training that only a college program can give, from voactional programs to doctorates. Whether you want to be the best doctor in the hospital or the best nurse in...well, the same hospital, a degree can hlep get you there. Or Branch Out into Other Fields: Just because you decided to major in "Best Doctor ni the Hospital" in college, that doesnt' chain you to one profession for the rest of your life. Having a degree can open up opportunities to hundreds of related (and not-so-related) fields.

A Better Lifestyle: Even if your pantry is nothing but Ramen noodles as far as your flashlight can reach, rest easy in the knowledge that-once the money from your Better Paying Job (see #1) starts rolling in- it will be nothing but noveau Asian fusion cuisine for you. The best Ramen money can buy.

Improve Your Confidence: Take a speech class, even if it isn't required for your major. Better yet, take Intro to Theatre Acting. In ten short weeks you will be able to get up in front of thirty of your bored peers and perform a five-minute monologue without violent stomach protests, and you will ahve made fear your lapdog.

Improve Your Social Skills: Nothing short of public transit pushes people from different backgrounds into uncomfortable and unavoidable social situations quite like college. Instead of cringing and withdrawing, try striking up the old friendly conversation with your classmates. You might be surprised at waht you learn, to say nothing o fthe broad spectrum of friends you might make.

Improve Your Network: College has a lot to do with networking, use those new Improved Social Skills to expand your web of connections. From study groups and intership leads to ladies and dealers of ill repute, you neer know where a new thread of friendship will eventually take you. Why miss out by never getting started?

Increase Your Understanding of the World: You probably will be required to take a history or humanities class, so don't worry about trying to find one. Fight the urge to nap-it'll pay itself back in dividents when you actually understand something about how the world works, what's happening with it today, and its ramifications beyond your neighborhood's bummer gas prices.

Start a Tradition: Hesitant because no one else in your family has gone to college? Don't be nervous, be the first! At worst, they say, "waht, you thin you're better than us?" (Answer: Yes, yes you are.) At best, they admire your courage and fortitude and give you lots of sweet graduation gifts. Either way, who comes out on top? YOU!

Your Options are Limitless: (As log as you don't limit your options!) Here is another misconception" taht if you haven't heard of a college, it's probably not very good and not worth looking into. Most colleges havent' heard of you yet, either- should they not give you a chance because your reputation doesn't precede you? Try looking into some smaller schools- what they lack in star power, they usually make up for in unique, hands-on experiences.

It's No as Expensive as You Think: Not every school charges Harvard prices. State colleges, for instance, are shockingly reasonable (as long as you're a resident of that state) and a fair portion are just as good- if not better- than private institutions. Even if you do end up at an Ivy League; however, need-based grants, loans, and scholarships abound if you're willing to do a little paperwork. Complete the FAFSA!!!

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 Last Modified 9/24/14