What are you going do with your life? You've probably been asked that question a million times by your parents and other adults. As you get closer to the end of high school, you will have a lot of decisions to make. One of them is whether or not you want to go to college.
Not sure what you want to do?
Just remember that anyone can get a job, but a college degree afford the opportunity to start a successful career.
Why Go to College or University
Higher Salaries: Earn More During Your Career - Studies prove it: continue your education after high school and you're likely to make more money than people who stop at high school. As an example, a college graduate can afford to buy a large, flat-screen TV in 1–2 months while a non-college graduate might have to work for 3–4 months to buy the same TV.
Discovering Your Interests: Listen to Yourself - What do you like to do? It's a tough question to answer, but spend some time considering it. Day to day, notice the things you do that interest you the most. During quiet times, where does your imagination lead you? Make note of these things as they come to you.
What's a Major?: Decide What to Study - college major provides a framework for your studies and the classes you'll need to take. - Some majors, like engineering, prepare students for specific careers. Other majors, like liberal arts, can lead to many different career paths. Not sure what to major in? Don't worry. Many schools don't require you to declare (choose) a major right away. And you can always change your major later on.
Be Open to Opportunity: Stay Curious - Over and over again, students say that college led them to career paths they never imagined for themselves, or weren't even aware of. So, even if you know what courses you want to study, even if you already have a possible career in mind, stay open to new opportunities.
You Are College Material: Believe It to Achieve It - At some time or another, many students have doubts that they are college material. A lot of the students you see on this site said they had these doubts. But once they started putting in the effort to go to college, they realized that they could do it. Believing in yourself is the most important step to success. Millions just like you were able to say "I'm going." You can, too.
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Low GPAs and Test Scores? Keep Moving Forward - A common myth is that only people with excellent high school grades and SAT® or ACT® scores can go to college. It's just not true. Different colleges have different admissions standards; if you don't get into one, keep looking. You can take the standardized tests over again to improve your scores. Taking them again can only work in your favor, because only your highest scores are reported to the colleges you’re interested in. Community colleges can have more open admission policies. Many students begin their college experience at these schools.
Bottom line: - Good grades and good test scores can definitely help, but low grades and low test scores aren't necessarily deal-breakers. Not at all.
New People, Places, Ideas: Learn out of Class - College is about more than training for a career. It's also about discovering yourself and learning to think and live independently. A lot of that occurs outside the classroom. The new people you meet. The new environments you visit. The new ideas you find. This is the stuff that helps you learn more about life.
Academic Support: Make the Grades - Yes, new people and places are great. But you still need to succeed in the classroom. Because your college wants you to succeed, you'll find it provides tons of resources to help you. Academic advisers can help you find a major that’s a good fit for you and help you choose the courses that will keep you on track to graduate. When you have difficulty with a particular class, tutors are often available to help you one-on-one.
Benefits to Your Family: Now and for the Future - If you go to college, statistics show your children and even their children are more likely to go. Families with higher levels of education tend to have a better standard of living. Plus, higher education enables you to help your family. With more earning potential, you can give back to your parents, help your siblings and more. There are so many reasons to go. So, if you come from a family of college-goers, keep it up. And if you're the first in your family to consider college, tell everyone, "I'm going."
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