College - Seeking?

June 9, 2011
By Ridley BRONZE, E. Waterboro, Maine
Ridley BRONZE, E. Waterboro, Maine
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You are graduating high school and you have hit the choice: should I go to college or not? You have seen your family and they’re choices and where they are today, and you want better for yourself. You want to do something you enjoy and wondering if there are any options for you. Your choices are jumping into a career or going to college. You don’t want to jump into anything that will not be enjoyable and you’re trying to think long term. Why not go to college?

Choosing to go to college can give you many benefits. One advantage in going to college include a stronger financial future. According to the U.S Department of Education, the average high school graduate earns around $30,000 a year, while college graduates with an associate’s degree earn around $40,000 and students who earn a bachelor’s degree enter the workforce with a starting salaries of $60,000.

In addition there are many advantages of a four-year degree which include an increase in independence which leaves you not depending on your parents and others and more self reliant. It teaches you a lot: the real world and how hard it can be but also how much more freedom you have. It also gives you a chance to meet new people and start new relationships with people with different backgrounds. It will change the way you look at the world as well.

If college is the road you would like to take, it is important to care about about your work. Colleges look at your grade point averages (GPA) for who they will accept into their school.

Have your teacher or parents ever stressed to you how important it is to try your best on a test, or an exam? Having good grades helps you with your college application. But not always having the greatest grades doesn’t mean you can’t go to college. There are many more options such as going to a 2- year community college. Going to a 2-year college is where you can begin to study at a college level which you should be preforming at. When given this time you can truly find out if college is for you, and it will allow you to do it and much cheaper cost.

When “college” comes to mind a lot of people say that’s pricey. But there are many ways, such as taking loans out or financial aid, to help make that hefty cost and still make your dream come true by going to college. If you’re really lucky you could have scholarships.

Given these facts you as a individual have the powers to make your decision and the path you want to take, such as where you want to see your future and what you want to become. For some people choosing the path of college is not for them. But for others it really helps find who they are, shaping themselves into a well rounded person for their future.

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