Why Is A College Education Important?
I’m sure by now you have heard over and over how important it is to go to college and get a degree. College isn’t always the right path for everyone, some chose trade school or even just skip college and enter the workforce. But, for those wanting to play sports at the college level, it’s a requirement. The difference in having a degree and not having a degree can dramatically affect the path of your life positively or negatively. Earning a degree isn’t just about making more money but it involves growing socially and intellectually while in college.
While in college, you’re not just improving your game, but your understanding time management, finances and becoming a responsible adult. It’s during these years that you make friendships and connections you can use for the rest of your life that could possibly land you a job, help you get a promotion or even just broaden your network of beneficial relationships.
Businesses WANT to hire college athletes.
Just the fact that you’re a student athlete is impressive. Playing a sport while trying to earn a degree is no easy task and that’s why it intrigues employers. It shows you are disciplined, passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking. These are traits that anyone hiring is looking for and since you gained or honed these traits while playing a college sport and getting an education is an added bonus.
What are the specifics of having and not having a degree?
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) gathers and analyzes data based upon earnings and education. In 2015, those without a degree made around $24,000 in yearly income. However, those with a degree made around $48,000. That is double the pay, a difference of $24,000 in your pocket thanks to earning a college degree and making a better life for yourself and your family.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is, going to college is important. Focusing on your studies, getting a degree is important. Whether you’re a high school student or someone who is older and skipped out on college, think about how you can make YOU a better version of yourself. Get educated.
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