Here are 23 reasons why you should go to college and graduate.
Reason 1: College is a lot of fun. You get to put off going to work for four years while you party every week.
Reason 2: You meet new people.
Reason 3: You get exposed to new ideas, new thoughts, new ways of looking at things.
Reason 4: You get away from home and out from under your parent’s restrictions.
Reason 5: You will earn more money over your lifetime than a high school graduate since you probably will not invest what you’d spend on college into a retirement plan. On average, people with a bachelors degree earn 73% than those with only a high school diploma.
Reason 6: You’re not paying for it. Chances are good that you are paying only a small portion of your college expenses. The rest is covered by scholarships, grants, parents, government loans, grandparents, and friends.
Reason 7: Frats and sororities, if you enjoy that kind of thing.
Reason 8: Connections. The only reason to go to Harvard or other top-ranked colleges is not for the knowledge but for the connections you can build by the friends you make. Those connections can serve you well in business, politics, society, etc.
Reason 9: Friends. Some of the people you meet in college will become your friends for life. Good friends.
Reason 10: You might actually learn something.
Reason 11: Great professors. Chances are that you’ll meet one or two really good teachers, people who will become your mentors and possibly your colleagues after you graduate.
Reason 12: Facilities. The labs, libraries, and even the athletic facilities are generally better than anything you’ll find once you start working in the real world.
Reason 13: Curated knowledge. If the school is good (or at least a few of the professors are good), you’ll be exposed to knowledge that has stood the test of time, knowledge that is actually meaningful, knowledge that will lead you to new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things.
Reason 14: Sports. If you like the big game on Saturday, nothing beats a rockin’ college stadium on game day.
Reason 15: Sex. Nothing like putting 20,000 horny young adults into one place for many great opportunities for sex (if you like that kind of thing and you can avoid date rape).Reason 15 to Go to College: Sex. Nothing like putting 20,000 horny young adults into one place for many great opportunities for sex (if you like that kind of thing and you can avoid date rape). Click To Tweet
Reason 16: Bars. There are many great bars near college campuses. You can party every night if you want.
Reason 17: Bookstores. Almost every college town has at least one great bookstore. That’s where you’ll really learn what you need to know.Reason 17 to Go to College: Bookstores. Almost every college town has at least one great bookstore. That's where you'll really learn what you need to know. Click To Tweet
Reason 18: Summer vacations.
Reason 19: Recruiters. College is the only time in your life where businesses with money to hire you will actually seek you out. The rest of your life you will have to seek them out.
Reason 20: Some professions require degrees: doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers (not all), architects (not all).
Reason 21: Results. Students who drop out of school in the United States are more likely to be unemployed, homeless, receiving welfare, and incarcerated (Wikipedia).Reason 21 to Go to College: Students who drop out of school in the United States are more likely to be unemployed, homeless, receiving welfare, and incarcerated (Wikipedia). Click To Tweet
Reason 22: 94% of young murder victims are high school dropouts (Wikipedia).
Reason 23: Graduating. Finally getting into the real world. Attending college can provide you with a useful perspective when you start working in the real world.
Reason 24: Master robots! As computers and robots get more powerful, people will have to be more education simply to keep up with them (or master them).
When Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, was asked by Newsweek magazine, “As a young man you worked summers in a slaughterhouse. What did you learn from that.” His answer? “To go to college.” Sometimes, college is a better alternative.
There are only about 10 to 20 rappers that are in the game making money with album after album. Do the math and get your education. — Jay-Z, rapper