Is College Really Worth All the Effort?

You may be asking yourself this question near the end of your high school career, and it’s a very valid question.

If you plan to attend college, its 4 years to get your undergraduate degree and possibly even longer if you want to continue on to graduate school.

That’s a good amount of time that you could spend working and making money, and in this economy, this is something you should consider.

A college degree does not necessarily guarantee success or happiness in your future; make sure to evaluate what you truly want in your life before making a commitment as huge, and expensive, as college.

My Story

I grew up always assuming I would be attending college.  The option of not going seemed so bizarre to me that I never really considered it seriously.

It wasn’t until I met a few friends at the time in my life when I was transitioning from a junior college to a university.  This is when I saw the reasoning behind them choosing not to further their education.

One had a consistent job working for a solar panel company making over $20 an hour, while another was travelling to different countries and trying different jobs here and there that were pleasant and fun to work at.

I questioned them, wondering what could possibly make them not consider college, and their answer was guileless: I’m choosing to do what makes me happy.

This thought, oddly enough, didn’t occur to me, and I was struck at how sad it was that I hadn’t been able to discover this for myself first.  It’s the simplest of answers and possibly the easiest to overlook.

I had been so concerned over the years at what I was expected to do, which was going to college, that I didn’t really stop to think if this was going to make me happy.

Thankfully, my college years have been some of the happiest of my life.  I love learning more about my Communications major with each passing year, and I know I made the right choice continuing on with my education.

This internship at TheCollegeHelper was made possible by going to college, and I never would have known about it if it hadn’t been for attending UC Davis. I’ve been given the chance to write, and for that I will always be thankful for this opportunity.

My Advice

Not one person is exactly the same as someone else.  My goals and achievements are unique to what I want in a career, and this may be completely different than what other students have in mind for themselves.

My advice for someone deciding whether or not college is worth the effort is to figure out what makes you happy, and it wouldn’t hurt to do some research on it.  If your dream job/career doesn’t require a college degree, then maybe this isn’t the right path for you.

I know this website is dedicated to inform and help those making the transition from high school to college with as little worry and stress as possible, but it’s also to enlighten students to see what their options are.

No one should make you feel forced into attending college.  So you, all of you who are reading this, should find what truly makes you happy and try to achieve that.

Evaluate what your goals in life are, and you may discover that it’s not necessary to get a 4-year degree.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.