Value of college degree makes cost worth it

by ANNIE GOLDEN//Editorial Assistant

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In this day and age, college tuition bills have reached astronomically high costs.

Adding books from large companies, school supplies, and technological or physical tools that help students outside of class, only costs more money upfront out of a student’s pockets.

It is a hotly debated topic for most, but I believe college is worth the money. People who graduate from college make more more capital per year, with more job opportunities open to those who have established themselves with college degrees. Young adults learn more, including important interpersonal skills, in college.

According to one study, in 2016, the average salary for those with a high school diploma who were 25 years old or older, was about $35,615, while the income for those with a bachelor’s degree was $65,482, and $92,525 for those with advanced degrees. The median salary was $100,096 in 2011.

It is crucial for me to make a high salary later in life to obtain the lifestyle I prefer. College debt is real, but if you obtain your college degree, you will be able to pay off your debt and upgrade your life from that point on. You also can create more opportunities for yourself.

Corrupting my future opportunities and career by getting a minimum-wage job or relatively low pay for a mediocre job is unwarranted in a century when students have limitless possibilities in their choice of degrees. After careful deliberation, I consider long-term goals to be most important, because when I am in my 60s, I would prefer the ultimate sum of money for sustaining my preferred lifestyle.

In order to achieve that, grasping a degree in whatever my interests are can help me get a job that has a built-in retirement plan or provides a sum high enough for a savings plan.

Young adults need college to teach them interpersonal skills, to teach them lessons only capable of learning in real-life situations in college. Having broad knowledge is always useful. Interpersonal skills to learn in college are speaking publicly to groups and being a leader anywhere you are, along with advanced writing skills so pride can be put into the work you do, time management, which will help in all aspects of life, organization, investigative skills, and tenacity or the ability to persevere.

College experiences come with a lot of trials, but also a lot of triumph, which can lead to self-discovery. If you settle with a boring, redundant job, you will live a simple life and not broaden your horizons at all. If you get a degree, you will be able to dream about your future and decide on a path that suits your greatest desires.

With this new chapter beginning in life, it is time to let go of the past, which is so important when both blessings and lessons are being thrown like sacks of flour at your face. As a result of all of the accomplishments and failures from college, there will be no regrets standing in the way.

Chase opportunity, chase a degree, and live a life of serenity. To create peace in my life, I will obtain a degree, because I will make the money back and prove college is worth the money.

Author: Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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