When I was a freshman, everything about being in high school was frightfully awesome. Everyone was so much taller, so much more mature... so much of everything. I basked in the wonder of it all and could not wait to climb the ladder of popularity.
All of a sudden, I was a junior in high school. The career counselors started making appearances to lecture us about college. I would go home and my parents would take about college. Everywhere I looked it seemed like everyone was yapping away about college! No longer was high school about climbing the popularity ladder, but the ladder of success - and the only way to reach the top was to go to college.
So here I was at 16 thinking, "What's the big deal about college?" I knew from all of the anouncements, discussions, lectures, and articles that it was the next step, but what did it mean? What would a college degree give ME exactly?
Turns out, it was a question that so many of my friends were asking as well. Don't get me wrong, we were all going to go, but we weren't exactly sure why. Fortunately, now that I have a college degree, my understanding of the benefits of a college degree have increased exponentially.
A College Degree is Necessary for ANY Worthwhile Career
Forget about the Cinderella stories of the guy that dropped out of high school only to make a fortune selling software out of his Mom's garage - that's not most people's reality. The hard truth is that if you want to get anywhere in life, anywhere where there's a steady paycheck, you have to have a College Degree.
In fact, recent college graduates make TWICE as much as a high school graduate. And if you get your bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, you're looking at making three to four times as a much as high school grad!