3 Reasons why College is Worth it

With college graduates struggling with their newly acquired debt and trouble finding a job,  you might be wondering if going for your college degree is worth the stress. Here are three reasons why it absolutely is:

  1. You’ll make more money – According to an article, “The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. “ The value of a college degree is continuing to rise, with the pay gap between those who have a degree, and those who do not, continuing to grow.  On average, college graduates earn about $17,500 more annually than those with only a high school diploma. It is said that those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree will earn $1 million more in their lifetime than those who do not go to college. Sure, college is an expensive endeavor, and even if you have to borrow, the investment is more than worth it.
  1. You’ll have more career opportunity – It is fair to say that if you graduate college, you are much more likely to land a career that you love. Opportunities for those who completed high school, but did not attend college, are severely limited. Most jobs these days require that you have some sort of secondary education in a related field. If you aren’t sure what kind of career you’d enjoy, look for classes that you might find interesting, and the answer will come to you. Whether you have an idea of what you’d like to do, or not, you have many more options if you carry a college degree.
  1. You’ll have a bigger network – While in college, you will meet people from all different backgrounds. You may not know right from the start what you want to be, but you are much more likely to make friends with peers who have similar interests. You can share ideas and help each other with making connections. You might not think much of your dorm mate, but he may go on to be a very respected lawyer, doctor, or consultant. You may even realize you have a passion for a new subject and you have friends who can help guide you. Networking is important for developing your future. Make lots of friends, and keep in touch with them.

Of course, there are plenty more reasons why college pays off. These three are only skimming the surface. Please comment and share your ideas of why college is worth it!

By Brooke Cobb

Brooke Cobb is a Journalism graduate of West Virginia University’s class of 2012. She contributes to the College Money Insider blog in an effort to help others to learn from her own college money experiences, the good and bad!

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