Kimberly Grace was born and raised in the U.S. military. She has spent her days traveling the globe collecting inspiration for her creative and professional writing. She has her bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has been teaching elementary school for three years, while pursuing her life coach and yoga teacher certifications.
Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions an individual will make. At the time of high school graduation there are so many options available to the graduate; you can take a new job, travel, stay at home and continue on as normal or go to school. Most people go on to school without even considering their options, because that is what is expected of them. For those few who have taken a moment to deliberate their options school may not be their first choice. It’s perfectly okay to feel a little burned out and intimidated by another four years of school, (four years which you’ll most likely be paying for). Before turning around and running take a moment to consider why a college education is your best bet.
Having a degree opens endless doors for you. No matter what your degree is in, it shows potential employers that you have taken the time to educate yourself in some fashion. It makes you marketable in the work place. It is advisable, of course, to pursue a diploma that is in the subject area of your greatest interest. For the most part though, a degree allows you to expect a higher pay percentage than those of your peers who did not pursue an education. Most educational institutions provide an assortment of class options, allowing the student to develop their skills in various subjects (again making them more valuable in the work place).
Attending a university or college provides life changing experiences for all students. Most recent high school graduates are still young, they want to have fun and experience a little bit of what life has to offer. College is a fantastic transitional place from youth to adulthood. It’s a chance for students to break away from wherever they came from; a place where you can go to be challenged, and intellectually stimulated. Most universities offer a myriad of extracurricular activities encircling various subject areas (something for everyone). Taking advantage of these opportunities opens you up for experiences you most likely wouldn’t have sitting around at home. Friendships are made, and a network is created that can be revitalized at later stages in life. You will never find a college graduate who doesn’t have fond memories of their school and the time spent there. Opportunity welcomes those who knock on the door.
Attending a university creates a sense of self-worth in an individual. There’s something inherently frightening about making yourself vulnerable to anyone. It takes a tremendous amount of trust for one person to say to another “I know so little, and I’m putting myself at your mercy, opening my mind to you.” When a student sits in a class room for the first time and make eye contact with their professor, something profound happens. They become aware of their capacity for knowledge and change. The role of the professor is not to convey information, but rather to teach the student how to learn, and how to keeping learning all through life. A deep rooted confidence is discovered by students who really put their best effort in. Being successful in school shows you that you can be successful in anything you do. A confident nature is contagious and others will gravitate toward the person who commands a room.
College is a big decision that comes with other big decisions attached at the roots. Choosing a university, a major, class schedule, a place to live etc… all of these things can be overwhelming and seem like an impossible feat. The most important thing to remember is that you have to keep moving forward. It won’t always be easy or fun, but if you have a vision of the bigger picture, you will understand the importance of going to school and how it will affect your future for the better.