Why should students go to college? How is going to college a link to their goals in life?Why should students go to college? How is going to college a link to their goals in life?

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justaguide eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Why students should go to college is to a large extent dependent on what your objectives and aims in life are. If you would like to have a family, a stable job that provides you enough to support your family, indulge yourself occasionally and the alike, the most important thing you would require is a college education.

According to data collected by the US census bureau, over the entire lifetime those who hold bachelor's degrees earn almost double of what high school graduates earn. The Institute for Higher Education Policy has found that college graduates have more saving, enjoy a better lifestyle and have more secure careers.

In addition to the monetary aspect, it has also been found that those passing out of college have a more stable family, they are more rational and open minded and their children in general have a much better life due to the fact that their parents are more educated.

These factors should make going to college a very important target for students. They stand to benefit in almost all aspects of their life by doing so.

mrs-nelson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great response!  In addition, I would add that most of the time teenagers have no idea what their passion is - what they are good at.  High school offers the basic requirements, usually not a place to try different things until you find something you like.  College allows one to broaden their limited view of what life has to offer them.  Even those who decide to stay at home and raise a family have found passions they never knew they had by taking courses at their local community colleges.

More education can make a huge difference in your life — and your family's. It can open doors of opportunity, financially and personally. Getting an education could boost your earnings and more education = more opportunity, it could help you find your passion, prove your potential, grow....and you don't have to do it alone.  There are lots of resources and people happy to help students succeed.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to earn a decent living wage, most jobs require a degree and in some cases, an advanced degree. My Bachelor's in Psychology is virtually useless as I don't even qualify for a decent paying job in that field. I'm sure it's the same in most other occupations. I actually think it's very unfortunate as college is hugely expensive (way overpriced in my opinion) and it is rare to get a fair return on your investment. In other words the student loan debt is out of control. However, you must go to college in order to earn a decent living in most cases.

I'm a huge proponent of trade schools and similar programs. If a person is talented in a certain area such a fixing cars, by all means they should focus on that and not get in college debt unless they can be certain their 4 year or 6 year degree will land them a career.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the first answer says, you get a better-paying job if you go to college.  It is also important to note that the jobs you can get are the ones that are typically safer in times of recession.  These are also jobs that are less likely to be "offshored" to workers in other countries.  During our current economic troubles, the unemployment rate for college-educated people went up very slightly while the rate for people with less education went up a great deal.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Going to college is a rewarding experience in itself, and a rite of passage for most young people. However most of its benefits are economic. Jobs that require deferred usually have higher salaries. Students can use the skills they get in college to do necessary jobs. So there is a direct link between college and goals. The career is the goal, and college is a means to an end.