What is college? College is a form of higher education after high school. There are thousands of colleges in the United States and around the world. These colleges offer opportunities to learn about a number of broad subjects. Going to college is not required or mandatory but rather a choice by an individual. Going to college costs a lot of money and a person wouldn’t spend all that money if they didn’t think it was valuable. It’s also hard work as it takes commitment to attend classes and countless hours will be spent studying. However, millions of people choose to attend. Why do they go to college?
There are several reasons why people choose to attend college. One of them is the opportunity given with a college education. By acquiring a college degree of some sort, people open many new doors of opportunities than those without a college education. College graduates will acquire higher-level positions. A college degree is also required to advance or to move up. I recently met a friend that works as a machinist at a shop. He’s thirty-two years old and is going back to college so he can get a degree and move to a management position. Like my friend, many people are going back to college so they can get a degree to move up or to get another career. With the economy these past years, opportunities are limited so having a degree will give people the upper hand in landing the job.
People also go to college because they want to make good money by getting a high paying job. These jobs are reserved to those who have completed an extensive education. Their motivation to go to college is to be able to live the lifestyle that they want to live. With all the glitzy glamorous things on the media, people are left in awe as they crave and want them. The society today is very materialistic and we all want or dream of living in luxury. The luxurious lifestyle is a motivation for people to go to college to be able to end up with a high paying job to afford all the amenities we desire.
However, not everyone goes solely for themselves. There are many college students attending for their families or parents. My friend Josh is one of those people. He’s not just going to school to pursue a future in film. He comes from an economically disadvantaged family as his mom and dad divorced. His brother moved and his grandma resides on the east coast so his mom is the sole provider for the household. Josh told me that he didn’t want to be unproductive at home wasting time so he takes as many classes as he can. Everyone in his family went to college and he didn’t want to be the one that didn’t go. Josh wants to make his mom and family proud. He wants to make a lot of money so he can take care of his mother and repay her for everything she has done for him. Josh, like many others, have different motivations for going to college. They have a sense of pride that they want to get an education and not disappoint their families. There are also students who are the first ones to go to college. Those students face a lot of pressure as they don’t want to fail and demoralize themselves. These students are very caring that they not only go for themselves but also for families. They have a drive to succeed and accomplish what they set out to do.
Going to college and getting a degree opens up many doors that wouldn’t be there to begin with. The society we live in today is constantly changing and jobs are in demand but employers will want those who are educated and those that show that they can succeed. College helps individuals acquire more knowledge that will not only help them accomplish their goals but it will be useful throughout their life journey.