Study after study reveals that college education significantlyinfluences the lives of students and learners. It is one of the bestways of shaping the future of our society and creating aknowledgeable generation. Past research reveals that being a collegestudent opens up many opportunities for learners like knowledge andskills to pursue a career, higher earnings and promoting cross-racialinteractions (Rowh, 46). The most important part of being a collegestudent is having the opportunity to acquire valuable skills leadingto a well paying job, feel the college experience and be able torelate with people from different cultures comfortably.
Pursuing college education is the best decision any student can make.
Knowledge and skills
Rowh (47) argues that the main point of attending college educationis learning. Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge andskills. Gaining knowledge and skills are therefore most obviousreasons for college education. Apart from that, college education isan important gateway for better career opportunities. Post secondaryeducation gives students an opportunity to read, learn and acquiremore knowledge from top experts in the field of education (Chambliss105). In his words, Chambliss interviewed college students and theirexperiences in college to reveal these findings
…. “In our interviews, college students reported doing lots ofacademic work. In a sense, juniors are consolidating their collegiateeducation, seriously improving and refining the skills that define acollege-educated person. Academically they are focusing on specificskills, knowledge, and methods. The college classes typically aremore advanced. In their majors, they are taking research methodscourses, conducting apprenticeship research, and writing longer termpapers public speaking becomes more frequently required, as theyhave the background to really know enough to present a topic toothers. Speaking before a group becomes, if not totally a pleasure,at least not so terrifying. Writing has become far easier to do at ahigher level. Reading difficult material and making sense of it,picking out the arguments, has become simply what one does each weekfor classes….(Chambliss 105).
According to Chambliss, being part of college gives studentsopportunities to gain academic skills, acquire research skills,exercise public speaking and comprehend difficult material. Listeningand learning from professors and lecturers encourages students tothink and explore new ideas that will place them at a competitiveedge for employment. The knowledge and skills after high school helpsstudents develop professionalism. College education offers studentsopportunities to pursue careers and higher learning in the fieldsthey love. It is very difficult to pursue a career or professionwithout college education immediately after high school. Though highschool prepares students to become knowledgeable and acquire usefulskills, it does not specialize in giving career options and shapingstudents towards achieving their dream careers. Only a college canguarantee students the options of becoming professionals likedoctors, psychologists, journalists, lecturer and professors.
Being part of college has many benefits upon graduating with acollege degree or masters. Students who go through college have manyopportunities to improve the global economy with the acquired skills.The acquired knowledge and skills become important and needed by manycompanies and organizations to enhance economic growth. There aremillions of global opportunities for college graduates. The bestcompanies and firms currently hire college graduates who will be ableto deliver quality and bring the organization credentials. Theemployment rate for college graduates and high school students isincomparable. Many college graduates have open opportunities to workin the best and the largest organizations locally and across theglobe while those who are not college graduates struggle to getcasual employment. College education increases the opportunities foremployment and jobs for students. Most students go to college with amindset of wanting to get the best paying jobs.
….”For the vast majority of young people who head off to collegeand graduate school, financial returns are only part of the value ofhigher education. Most people choose to attend college because theyexpect to enjoy it, and for them tuition buys one of life’s mostcomplex and memorable experiences—“educational” and “valuable”in every sense….Getz (19). According to Getz (41), collegeeducation is useful for securing a well paying job in careers likeengineering. However, though most promising career promise high wagesfor students, exploring the benefits of higher education in manyoccupations today, is like peeling an onion. While college educationis useful in career development and choice, it does not entirely meanthat you must get a well paying job. The occupations andorganizations hiring people are very many as of now. However, collegeeducation should help student pursue opportunities and makemeaningful choices.
Apart from acquiring knowledge and skill, the importance of beingpart of college is feeling the experience that comes along with it.The pleasure, esteem and value associated with being part of collegeis unexplainable. Students meet people from all walks of life andshare different learning experiences as they pursue their academicgoals. The experience becomes worthwhile especially as it opens newopportunities for learners to interact and meet different people. Thefeeling of being part of college is liberating in many ways. To startwith, students are no longer under the care of their parents orguardians. They have the freedom of choice to be what they feel likewithout feeling pressured. Secondly, college rules greatly differfrom high school rules making students more at liberty to becometheir own discipline controllers. There are minimal punishments incollege and lecturers cannot confine students to classes as in highschools. The lecturers in college are more lenient and carefree ascompared to high school teachers who are overly strict. Students makemore decisions about their lives like what to wear, what to eat, whattime to attend the lectures making college life more interesting.
College education is fun, improves student’s self worth and makesthem more confident. There is a lot of pride in being a collegestudent as the society also looks at college students with adifferent and respectful manner. Many college students describe theirfirst experience in college as exciting. Violetta one of the studentsdescribed her lecturer as affectionate and kind, directing theirstudies to the best effect.
“…Violetta Bancker’s educational journey was representative oflarger trends that shaped individual women’s access to educationalopportunities throughout early national America. Female students’educational journeys in a number of primary source materials,including women’s private journals and letters, student journalsand compositions, and published orations, essays, and schoolcatalogues proof being part of college is fun. Evidence from thesevarious writings of women suggests that education mattered deeply tothose women, who were among the first generations to benefit fromchanges in the early national educational landscape and college.Women’s writings indicate how they used education and knowledge astools of self-fashioning, constructing identities for themselves thatprivileged the importance and worthiness of their educationalendeavors. Young women also demonstrated their awareness of thefrequent public discourse and debate-surrounding women’s education.Reluctant to be cast as the coquette or the pedant, women approachededucation with optimism, determined to fashion positive identities aslearned women…..” (McMahon 19). According to Mcmahon women,educational experiences in college were described more like pleasurethan study. Most students described the attitudes of the lecturers incollege in a positive manner revealing that they had developed moreinterest in and commitment to their studies because college educationwas more fun.
Studies reveal that there is a great difference between attendingcollege and not attending college in terms of relating with people.Those who attended colleges are easier to relate with as compared tothose who did not attend college. The exposure that college givesstudents is useful for future relations and work etiquette. Part ofwhat college experience teaches a student is how to relate, formstrong relationships and friendships with others. Most relationshipsformed in college especially between male and female students havelifelong ties. Many students get married while in college or rightafter college having met as students. Apart from the academic part ofcollege, college contributes to the social part of lifesignificantly.
Besides socializing, one of the most vital roles of the college isgiving students the opportunity to interrelate with other studentsfrom across the globe. Many colleges are international thus open upvenues for international and local students to meet for academicgoals. Hale (4) argues that every segment of diversity is dealt within colleges amongst students, administrators, faculties, lecturers,staff amongst the other employees in the college. The opportunity tointeract with students across the globe is rare and very importantfor college students. Getting students from different nationalbackgrounds to study under one roof contributes to making them learnabout different and unique cultures. The experience to learn aboutcultures is limited in high school and can only be experienced incollege. While in college, students exchange their cultures and learnto appreciate the world from a different perspective. Appreciation ofdifferent cultures is crucial to promotion of peace across the globe.When different cultures learn about the uniqueness of each culturewithout feeling superior over it, the world becomes a peaceful placeto be. Colleges are pivotal for world peace promotion anddevelopment of good intercultural relations.
According to Hale (3)… “Colleges have the duty andresponsibilities of preparing leaders of the future by responding toissues and crises that threaten racial harmony like culturaldiversity. The higher education community can be a significant leaderby incorporating effective initiatives that promote the presence,participation, and persistence of people of color within theacademy.”
Besides dealing with diversity, being a college student preparesstudents to deal with ethnic identity positively. According to Ortiz(2), most students have different conceptions of their ethnicidentity but the exposure to different ethnic groups reveals anotheraspect of cultures to them….” Since the dawn of the civil rightsera, ethnicity and race in higher education have assumed a centralposition in political, intellectual, and social debates about thepurposes and intents of higher education itself. ‘‘Balkanization,’’‘‘separatism,’’ and ‘‘turf wars’’ describe the earlydiscourse on entities… (Ortiz 3). College teaches students how tomaintain their ethnicity and how to appreciate other ethnic groups.The importance of learning how to respect other people’s culturesis useful for academic performance as students are expected to workin groups for assignments. It is also crucial for students to learnhow to appreciate other people’s cultures as they will meetdifferent people after college. Organizations expect to hire studentswho value culture and ethnic diversity.
Pursuing college education is a very important decision in astudent’s life. Higher learning, which guarantees a well payingjob, pleasurable college experience and relating with differentcultures, define college education. College education offers a greatlearning opportunity for students. The skills and knowledge acquiredin college becomes worthwhile many years after completing college.According to Rowh (48) being part of college helps students choosethe best careers and pursue their professions to the best of theirability. After acquiring the skills from college, students areassured of numerous employment opportunities with high pay salariesasserts Getz (41). Job opportunities for college students offer lifeluxuries and are normally well paying. Besides that, being part ofcollege exposes students to amazing experiences. The fun, joy andpleasures of being a college student cannot be experienced anywhereelse apart from college argues Mc Mahon (18). College students have alot of time to study and make their hobbies useful. The collegeoffers students a chance to better themselves through encouragingthem to do what they love doing.
College students are able to interact and relate with many peoplefrom the globe. This experience creates harmony and strengthens worldrelations largely. As students from different continents cometogether to pursue a similar career and work towards academic goals,they go back to the community having learnt a lot about the othercultures. The exchange of cultures and appreciation of cultures attimes leads to friendships or relationships that last for a lifetime.
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