Why Should I Go To College

You may have asked yourself the question: why should I go to college?

Is it really that useful and important? I can easily get a job and work my way up in the world without a degree, so what’s the point of all this stress and anxiety over applications?

Well as a current student myself, I can think of far more advantages of going to college than disadvantages. There’s the increased social networks, fun extracurricular activities, sporting events, and way more interesting subject matter than what you learned in high school.

However, when making a difficult choice, one usually creates a pros versus cons list in order to come to a rational decision. And since one typically wishes to hear bad news first, allow me to name the existing (yet brief) list of cons in regards to attending a university.

  • 1. It’s expensive. As you know, college courses and dorm residency costs a lot of money. Student loans and post-college debt are also major issues in today’s society. Some graduates, young and old, are drowning in debt, owing thousands of dollars to their school. It can take years to pay off those loans, so this is definitely something to consider when attending an expensive college (unless of course you receive a full ride academic or athletic scholarship).
  • 2. Multi-tasking is extremely difficult. It’s tough to work at a part-time job while studying and taking classes. Time management is a skill, and if you plan to have a job while attending a university, you have to make sure your organizational skills are proficient.

Now here are the pros to going to college, and keep in mind I may be slightly biased in this argument.

  • 1. You make new friends. By living in the dorms, you will automatically meet new people and potentially make lifelong friends. No matter how introverted and/or shy you are, you are bound to meet someone who shares the same interests as you. There will also be social events every week that you and your fellow “dormmates” can attend together. Your high school reputation and the negative instances of your past are also behind you, and you can start yourself anew at a university.
  • 2. You get an incredible education. Unlike most high school class content, college courses teach relative and useful information that will help you later in life. You also have the choice to take classes you are interested in, instead of being forced to take all required classes (until you need prerequisites for your major of course). You also learn how to be an independent thinker in order to work your way up in the world.
  • 3. You get to go to exciting (and free) sporting events. College football, basketball, and baseball games are so much fun to go to and cheer for your school team. You receive an incredible sense of pride and joy by rooting for your team. Sporting events are also other great opportunities to hang with friends and meet even more people.
  • 4. You get to rock college gear. Wearing your university’s clothing also gives you a sense of pride in that you are attending college and improving your life by getting a quality education. Not everyone gets to wear college gear and wear it anywhere they want, so if you attend a university and purchase some new clothing items, strut that sweatshirt and sweatpants with sheer pride.
  • 5. You get a degree (which will help you get a good job). No matter your major, and no matter your school, receiving a degree will most likely increase your chances of getting a good job soon after graduation. This means being able to pay off student loans faster and create a new, independent life for yourself. No need to live with your parents for four years.
  • 6. You learn the importance of motivation and prioritization. Taking college courses means studying for exams, sometimes all night. You are not able to hang out with friends as much as you would like to, so you need to learn to prioritize in order to succeed as a college student. It would be difficult to learn these skills anywhere else. College will bring far more benefits than costs, so if you ever find yourself debating with your brain, create that list of pros and cons and you will come to the right decision…GO TO COLLEGE!

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Megan Heneghan

Megan Heneghan

Megan Heneghan is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, as well as a Spanish minor. She is originally from Orange County, where she grew up playing tennis. She is currently a member of the UC Davis Women’s Tennis Team. When she is not studying, she enjoys singing, reading, and cooking all different kinds of food. She also loves spending time with friends and family.
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