Does Going to College Still Matter in 2016?

06 Jun 2016 Bryan Shaw

Should I go to college? Is it still necessary? These are questions many of today’s youth are asking themselves, and in the next few minutes, I will attempt to answer them both. Are you ready? Good. Let’s go ahead and get started.

College, more than anything else, is an experience builder. It’s true value comes from its ability to help young people find themselves; discover their place in the world. For some, that means countless hours of studying and years of hard work. For others, studying is an afterthought as social lessons learned beyond the classroom seem to have more of a resounding impact.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a studious person or one who cares mostly about partying and having a good time. College is for everyone!

At the very least, college is a breeding ground for learning, and if one is to never experience that learning, he or she will be behind those that do.

According to Forbes Magazine, those with a four-year degree will earn approximately $830,000 more in their lifetime than those with a only a high-school diploma.  In addition, those with a master’s degree will earn more than $1,300,000.

The hardships experienced by those without higher education aren’t solely economic. Citing a recent recent Huffington Post article that focused on a study known as, It’s Not Just the Money, “College graduates report having ‘good’ or ‘very good’ health 44 percent more than their non-graduate peers do. Further, college graduates are nearly four times less likely than high school graduates to smoke, and are significantly more likely to exercise, wear a seat belt, maintain a healthy weight and regularly see a doctor. Not surprisingly, then, college graduates have a life expectancy of seven years longer than those who hold a high school diploma or less.”

The benefits of a college education are endless, and I can sit here all day and reference study after study in support of that claim. But since your time is scarce and my efforts are focused, let’s forgo adding more science into this mix and deliver a dose of common sense.

Those that do not go to college have been taught to believe either one of two things… perhaps both.

  1. You’re not smart enough
  2. You can’t afford it

As for not being smart enough, that’s hogwash. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can excel at the collegiate level with a little hard work and focus. I don’t care where you’re from or what color your skin is. You’re smart enough. You can do it. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

Now we all know that it’s expensive to go to school, and those that seize the opportunity to do so will likely come out with a degree that they’ll be paying for over the next 20 -30 years.

With that in mind, the first thing you need to know about paying for school is this… you will never get a lower interest rate on a loan. In other words, it’s as close to FREE money as you’re ever going to find. The second thing you need to know about paying for school is that the process for obtaining a loan isn’t all that difficult. Simply head on over to the Federal Student Aid website, create an account and get started. The whole process won’t take much longer than a few hours, if that.

OK — Let’s circle back to the beginning. Is college really worth the cost? The answer is yes!

You don’t need a degree to make a lot of money or  to be healthy and happy, but having one sure makes obtaining those things a whole heck of lot easier.

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