A College Education: A Wise Investment in Your Future

Robert Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

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New Caney High School students, are you considering attending college? Like most choices in life, working toward a college degree is an investment in time, money, and yourself.

While a college education is expensive for tuition, books, and housing, many graduates realize higher earnings during their working years.  From an economic perspective, studies suggest college graduates earn $800,000 to $2,000,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate in several occupations. Higher income, with outstanding future earning opportunity, translates to a higher quality of life for an individual who achieves a college degree.

Many college graduates, who study  business, engineering, and health sciences, enter the workforce with excellent starting salaries. Many small, growing companies look within their organization to promote their employees. As graduates gain more work experience, employers consider their work habits and degrees earned when evaluating salary increases and promotions.

Research suggests that a college degree has economic and social benefits for society. The Institute of Higher Education Policy reported in 1998 that “Public benefits of attending college include increased tax revenues, greater workplace productivity, increased consumption, increased workforce flexibility, and decreased reliance on government financial support.”

However, graduates of some liberal arts majors, such as music, art, and history earn much less salary than graduates in high demand positions. Sadly, students with these degree plans worked diligently and painstakingly earning their degree with as much time and study habits as other students with different majors, but employers in these professions pay far below the national average.

Perhaps the best reason for working toward a college degree is that a host of employers demand it for certain positions. Although an employee may not need college level skills to perform a job, employers consider a college degree an essential minimal requirement for employment.

Although individuals weigh the monetary costs of college study, many advantages of going to college are not financially measurable. Students not only learn to study and explore new subjects unavailable in high school curriculums, they also augment precise research aptitudes, improve their study skills, and enlighten their growing knowledge.

A college education ripens maturity, raises morals, and strengthens wisdom. 

Earning a college degree improves both family conditions and personal self-esteem.  Elchanan Cohn and Terry Geske reported in 1992  “there is the tendency for more highly educated women to spend more time with their children; these women tend to use this time to better prepare their children for the future. They concluded that “college graduates appear to have a more optimistic view of their past and future personal progress.”

Despite the rising costs of higher education, working toward a college degree is a delightful task. Not only is a person’s earning potential better, a college education stimulates good judgment, sharpens clear thinking, and stirs deep rationality.  

New Caney High School students, if a college education exalts a noble quality of life, then invest in yourself beginning now!

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