Congratulations! You’re college students! I realize that doesn’t sound like a hugefeat, especially since most of students in this class have been enrolled in collegefor well over a year. But attending a post-secondary school is no simple task. A lotof people would be surprised at the number of high school students that, for anumber of reasons, will never seek anything further than their diploma or even aGED.Furthering your education is essential to living life to its fullest and it isimportant to be aware of the fact that school after high school is always a betterchoice than the alternative.
The National Center for Higher Education •In 2011, 3.2 million people graduated high school in the US • Roughly 68% of these graduates enrolled in college as freshmen.
Candace Walsh with MatadorLife•thinking you can learn on your own through job and life experience•not feeling you’re “book smart” enough to succeed in college•not being financially prepared, wanting to travel before being tied down byschool•thinking experience is just as valuable as a degree•going to a vocational school
Meris Stansbury•encouraging independence•teaching ingenuity•creating responsibility•it opens students up to discovery••it improves one’s quality of life.
College Board•Someone with a bachelor’s degree canexpect to earn 73% more than a high schoolgraduate after 40 years of working•They also concluded that both averageearnings and average tax payments arehigher for those with a college education•Thistands true for all racial and ethnicgroups that attend college.
Education is not an option for everyone but it is veryimportant and can lead to a more fulfilling life. Theevidence that shows how the benefits of getting a highereducation outweigh the costs they may impose on anindividual. The difference between having a high schooldiploma and having a college degree can be lifechanging. Thus, we see the proof that no one shouldever stop learning.
Works Cited“Fast Facts.” Back to School Statistics (2010): n.pag. National Center for Education Statistics. Web. 24 June 2012. <nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372Stansbery, Meris. “Five Reasons to Go to College (Besides Career Advancement).” eSchoolNews (29 September 2011). eSchoolNews. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/09/29/five-reasons-to-go-to-college-besides-care er-advancement/>“The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.” College Board (2004). Education Pays. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/press/cost04/EducationPays2004.pdfWalsh, Candace. “Nine Reasons Not to Go to College.” Matador Life (11 February 2012). Matador Life. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://matadornetwork.com/life/9-reasons-not-to-go-to-college/>