Is it important to get the most out of college?

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Attending college is important in two ways. First, it is a major expense. Students attending public universities spend an average of approximately $20,000 dollars a year on tuition, books, fees, and other expenses. As well as the actual cost of college, there is an opportunity cost. In other words, in the years that you are attending college you are forgoing the benefits of getting started in your career. Overall, getting a university degree is still worthwhile. According to a recent article in Forbes, over their lifetimes, university graduates earn $830,000 more than people with just a high school diploma. 

Given the importance of college to your future, getting the most out of your college investment is indeed very important. If you are getting a degree as a step towards a career, you need to learn the skills taught in your classes. The more skills you have, the more likely you are to get and hold a job in a satisfying career. Adequate preparation is one of the keys to success in the college environment.

College is also a place where you form lifelong friendships and develop an appreciation for other cultures. 

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