Don’t Be Me

Don’t Be Me

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GO TO COLLEGE!

This is the story of another friend of mine who went to college:

I bet your family, teachers, and guidance counselors have all said the same thing – go to college. Listen to them.

Fresh out of high school, I went to college. And then I quit. I thought at the time, I had better things to do with my time.

I had fun, I spent a lot of money that was supposed to be for my education. What do I have to show for that now?

The guy that I thought I needed to spend all my time with? We don’t even talk. The money I spent? I might have a few trinkets or souvenirs laying around from those days that happened almost 20 years ago.

What I don’t have? A college education that would help me to provide a better present and future for my son. And even if you don’t plan on having children, things are getting more expensive by the day.

Money

  • High school graduates can expect to earn roughly $1.30 million in their lifetime.
  • People with a Bachelor’s Degree (which is a 4 year degree) can expect to earn $2.27 million over the course of their career.

That’s a big difference. Think college is too expensive? Apply for scholarships, student loans and grants. The more you apply for, the more help you will get in paying for college.

Experience

Now that I am older, I realize how much of the “college experience” I missed out on. Football and basketball games, fraternity and sorority parties, graduation, and spring break are just a few of the things that I missed out on. The excitement when “your” college team wins an NCAA championship is something I will never experience. I will only be able to watch it on television.

When my son is older, I will strongly encourage him to attend college. I hope he immerses himself in the whole experience, unlike I did.

No Excuses

Even if you choose not to attend a traditional college campus to get a degree, look at online universities. There are quite a few online colleges to choose from and they offer chances to get a degree in things like: business, criminal science, psychology, and information technologies.

I understand that “life gets in the way” of going to class, and driving to and from a traditional college campus is not always an option. Online universities offer flexible solutions to those problems. Here’s a website for one of the online universities and some of the degree programs that are offered. http://degrees.ashford.edu/bachelors.htm

Do Well

So maybe now I’ve convinced you to at least take some college classes. Let’s talk about studying. STUDY! You didn’t spend this money to enroll in these classes, just to flunk out.

“I’ve got a full time job, kids, and a spouse to take care of. I can’t take classes, take care of my responsibilities, AND study.” That is not an excuse. Find the time to study. Your kids and spouse will still be there after you have done your reading assignment or math homework. And they will recognize that long term, what you are doing is not only bettering YOUR life, but it is bettering THEIRS.

Let people know why they should get a degree. Already have a degree? Take a college class in something you are interested in as a hobby. It never hurts to learn something new.

As you are making a better life for yourself and your family, inspire others to do the same. Share information with your friends and family on why THEY should go to college and get a degree, and let them know that, “If I can do it, so can you.”

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