“Why College Education is Important to me”
When most people think of education, they think of getting into a great college, which is awesome, but not realistic. With a decent education I can change the world, or at least make a difference. I am not entirely sure how I will make a difference, but with a good education, I know it will help.
Lets fast-forward 13 years: I was graduating high school and getting ready to start my new endeavor with a trade school. I always wanted to do something in health management field and I figured a school that would take 11 months to complete would be the key to my success. Oh how wrong I was. I graduated and had my first real job. I knew nothing about the working world. Here I was a 19-year-old “girl” with a certificate that meant nothing and a student loan that I had no clue how to pay for, and a dead end job. I felt under-appreciated. My job did not allow me grow professionally or intellectually and didn't offer advancement opportunity.
It was not until recently I heard a quote by Nelson Mandella, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. And I want to change the world. To me, a good education equals a greater life. So I did my research, compared schools, it was clear. I needed to further my education. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median weekly earnings in 2010 for high school graduates aged 25 and older was $626. While the median for individuals aged 25 and older with bachelor’s degrees was $1,038 (DegreeDirectory.org, What is the importance of Higher Education, 2013). The higher my educational achievement is, the better my chances are of getting that dream job. The better the job, the happier I am, the more I earn, equals a better quality of life. Lets face it, in today’s economy the job market is bleak at best. How could I not?
According to Jeff McGuire, “Going to a college or university...
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