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The Case for College
If you've asked yourself, "Why should I go to college?", "Is college really the right choice for me?" or "Is college really worth it?", you are not alone.
Going to college is a big decision that often involves a significant investment of time and money, so it's wise to carefully consider the post-high school options that are available to you.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you think about going to college:
- What am I interested in/passionate about?
- What type of learning and work environments do I thrive in?
- What are my long-term career goals?
- How much money would I like to make?
- What kind of lifestyle do I want to lead?
- What kinds of opportunities will be available to me if I go to college? And what if I don't go to college?
- What is the best path to achieving my short- and long-term life goals?
It's also important to think about changes that are taking place in the work world. Many jobs that have historically been performed by people are now being performed by computers. Plus, many jobs that used to be headquartered in the United States have moved overseas. At the same time, new jobs are being created that require highly skilled and highly educated workers.
What does this mean for you?
Simply put, it means that the work world is becoming more competitive--and that you need to find ways to set yourself apart as a potential employee.
One great way to do that is by getting a college degree. Studies show that people with college degrees not only have more job opportunities available to them; they also make more money over time than people without them.
Here are other reasons to go to college. Also, check out these videos from the CollegeBound Foundation, which showcase different noteworthy people from around Baltimore who share their thoughts on what college means to them. Featured are:
- Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III - President of UMBC
- Dr. Carla Hayden - CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library
- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
- Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton
- CFO of MECU of Baltimore, Adrian Johnson
- Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities
- Alicia Wilson, Attorney at Gordon Feinblatt LLC
Is college the only path to personal and professional success? Not at all. But we promise that if you choose to go, you'll find it's well worth it.