Before I went to college, I was unsure if I was ready to commit to four years of education. Then, I realized just how much opportunity having a college degree can lead to. I realized that college graduates are unemployed less, and the average pay of their jobs is double that of a non-graduate.
When I began looking into colleges, I realized that there are many majors at colleges. In fact, you can study for pretty much anything. There are even technical colleges, where you can study for professions such as a stuntman or clown! Once I realized this, I was even more sold on the idea of going to college.
Since I am a person who has always been interested in current events and society, I chose to major in sociology. I began my four year studies at SUNY New Paltz, in 2012. College was a great experience. It was not a drag at all. My social life there was great and my classwork was extremely interesting. I really loved it there.
The coursework in college is much different than high school work. It is not simply harder, as many people believe. In fact, I actually prefer it, by a long shot. College coursework gives students a lot of choice in the exact subjects they write about, and it encourages a person to form their own opinions. It is quite rare for an assignment, at least in my program, to simply memorize things.
After graduating college, a person is in a much better position in the job market. You have a base of knowledge that can be marketed. You have a four year degree, which puts you ahead in the eyes of employers. Also, it enables you to go on to graduate studies, where you can get an even more goal-directed education.
Currently, I am working as an online writer. All the writing assignments I did during college have prepared me quite well to do paid writing. This is something that I plan to continue to do. Additionally, I plan to go back to college. I am planning to earn a graduate degree in teaching. Teaching is what I am interested in doing for a career.
Getting a college education does not mean one will get “rich”, or even close. Of course, teachers do not get paid large sums of money. However, it does pay much, much better than most jobs non-college graduates get. Where I live, in Georgia, the average teacher makes about 50 thousand dollars per year. However, this is nearly double the average pay of a non-college graduate. Many non-college graduates earn far less, as little as minimum wage.
Additionally, college graduates have more opportunity to choose what they want to do for work. Since you get to choose your major, you can choose what kind of work you would enjoy doing. College graduate’s work is much more than just “work”. Teaching is something I would genuinely enjoy doing. I also enjoy doing online writing, where I write articles, such as this one.