For many teenagers and young adults deciding if or how to continue your education beyond high school is a difficult task. Unfortunately, many young people assume that a university education is not for them. Often these reasons have little to nothing to do with them personally. Perhaps they have not had a family member who has graduated from college and believe that achieving a higher education is out of reach. The reality is that your future is all about you. You really have to look at the benefits, advantages and challenges ahead and evaluate them carefully.
Benefits of a University Education
You are certainly aware of the main benefits a university education will bring you. A bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree are a must in most professional careers. A degree brings with it reward such as higher pay. In almost all careers higher education leads to a better opportunity for advancement. Not only the education, but the contacts you make while attending a college or university will help you in your professional development and career advancement.
The main question is – are you prepared to get all these benefits? The truth is that university education is challenging, irrespective of the study discipline you choose. The different courses have different educational requirements, but most require applicants to have academic performance above the average. In many cases, applicants are expected to excel in their academic performance in order to get accepted.
This means that you have to be a very good student during high school. Additionally, many universities invite applicants for interviews. At these interviews, you are supposed to show genuine interest in studying in university, as well as good communication skills and knowledge.
At university, you will be studying a discipline in much more detail. In general, the more details you study the more complex the material gets. For this reason, you will have to study hard. Forget about endless parties and having a lot of free time. What most people do not understand is that the job market is competitive even for university graduates. Those with better academic performance are more likely to get a job.
Another thing that is challenging about a university education is that you are responsible for organizing your life and your studies. Do not expect your professor to tell you off because you have not submitted homework on time. He or she will most probably refuse to accept late papers. Similarly, there is no one to tell you when to study, how much and for how long. You have to manage your time and find the motivation to study.
By now, you might be thinking that a university education is way too tough. This is not entirely true. As long as you like the subject and are prepared to work hard, you will certainly enjoy your time. The main point here is that there is no point in studying something just because you want to make money. You really have to have a passion for learning.
In general, university is a great place to be. You will meet a lot of people from different places and, most probably, from different countries. You will be able to join any club of your interest. This will allow you to meet even more people and enjoy doing favorite things, such as sports, arts or whatever you can think of. Most universities have renowned speakers coming in to talk to students about different subject from science to politics.
More importantly, most higher education institutions have career centers and career fairs. You will get professional help for choosing a career finding a job. Furthermore, while obtaining a university education you will be able to meet employers who might be interested in hiring you, while you are still a student. Arranging internships is much easier, when you are a student from a reputable university.
Some people let factors such as tuition fees and the cost of a university education make them hesitant about going to university. It is true that higher education is not cheap. However, there are plenty of government grants available to students from low-income families. Additionally, most schools offer a form of financial aid to the students who need it. There are plenty of scholarships for students from low-income families as well as for those who excel in their academic studies.
Overall, as long as you are prepared to study hard, you will really enjoy numerous benefits from a university education – from higher personal satisfaction and self esteem to getting a successful career.