Go to College or Not to Go to College, that is the Question

Whether you’ve just graduated from high school or graduated years ago and never pursued higher education, now is the time you are considering going to college. Every potential college freshman needs to ask himself/herself ‘is a college education right for me?’ Based on your own wants and desires, you may decide that attending college is in your best interest while someone else in your exact same situation might decide to forego college and jump into the workforce. Go to college or not go to college that is the question.

If you want to be a doctor, pharmacist, schoolteacher, nurse, or engineer then you must go to college. Certain jobs are only obtainable with a college degree. Most people are glad their doctor attended college and medical school even though all of that learning is available through medical books and journals without ever setting foot on a college campus. School districts only hire certified teachers and the only way to get certified is by attending college classes.

Employers, be they international companies or small business owners, hire and promote employees based in large part on their college credentials. Can an employee who proves himself/herself a dedicated worker climb the management ladder to the top? Of course, it’s possible. But most good employees without higher education will watch as they’re leapfrogged by less dedicated fellow employees with college diplomas. It’s not fair, but neither is life in general.

Certain social circles judge people not on their good deeds, sparkling personality, or even wealth but solely on level of education. To them a person with a doctorate degree is better than a person with only a master’s degree who’s better than a person with a bachelor’s degree and so forth. If you want to fit in that social click then a college degree is a necessity.

College is not the only place to learn just for the sake of bettering one’s mind. The professors at a university do not pour knowledge through a funnel directly into students’ brains. It is done through lectures and homework assignments and tests. Some people need this organized structure to learn while others can learn material by themselves at their own pace. So one has to ask if going to college or not going to college will help in their learning?

Freshly graduated high school seniors may not want to wait through four years of college to begin their lives. Some young adults already have children to support and advancing their education is not as high of a priority as putting food on the table. Who is to say that their life choice is not as valid and life affirming as the college graduate who spent most of his or her four years in college partying every night? It is your business how you live your life and nobody else’s.

After graduating from college many graduates are faced with repaying high student loans. With increased incomes come increased expenses like mortgage bills, car payments, health insurance premiums, etcetera leaving little money to put towards reducing student loan debt. The people who didn’t go to college have no student loans to repay. That’s another thing to consider when deciding whether to go to college or not to go to college.

It’s a widely held misconception that college graduates make much more money than non-college graduates. While that may be the general rule, it is not without exception. A self-employed plumber charging sixty-five dollars per hour for labor makes a lot more money than a staff accountant at a small construction company even though he or she has a college degree. And many college graduates who majored in easy or irrelevant subjects are working in coffee shops for minimum wage and still have massive college loans to repay.

When it’s all said and done, the decision to go to college or not to go to college is a personal decision that a person must make after an intense look inward. There is no definitive answer that is right for everyone. After all, life is a journey and your path is neither right nor wrong. It’s just a path.