“The best reason to go to college is to learn more about the world you live in,” says John McMahan of the University of Maryland. “Getting a college degree is a career necessity in today’s business world. College graduates earn nearly twice as much during their working years as high school graduates.” In the long run, life is never easy, and the outcome of a college education out weighs the demands required of a student.
During this time and age, the work force is more competitive than ever. College offers a head start and can be used as a stepping stone for a successful career. College groups people with the same interests into one confined area. Students are able to meet other students and establish friendships and can network connections throughout life in a short four year period. Students can help each other not only in their studies but in the real world. Being successful is all about making connections and doing what’s best. The best thing for a person is most of the time not the easiest and may not be instantaneous. A college education is a long commitment that keeps on taking and taking. It takes a student’s time, energy, and money but after four years time the money is still there but the benefits is unmatchable. College graduates will rarely find themselves without a job or a job within their reach that they have to back them up. Everybody is just trying to make it in this world and it couldn’t hurt to know someone to turn to when life doesn’t go the way we intended it to.
Another benefit of college is the work ethic that is forced upon the students. Students must learn to develop good work ethic and manage their time appropriately. Students learn to be diligent and how to keep their head above water when life and school throw the unexpected. College is a place where learning is serious and is forced upon the student. There are very few students who can skip through college without learning a single piece of knowledge. In high school many students are used to not doing a lick of work outside of school and coming out at the end of the year with a 3.0 GPA. Unlike high school effort is required in order to make the grades. If students do not put the time and focus into their studies in college they will not succeed. Many students going to college these days are paying for their classes. A full schedule at Howard Community College is cost a student around $1200 without books. On top of that rent, utilities, car payments, car insurance, and cell phones bills are required. This teaches students to not only manage their time, it forces them to manage their finances and energy to do what they need to do and not what is most appealing at the time.