I am a college student, working on getting a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology, and hopefully attending law school afterward. I just recently re-enrolled after taking a semester off, and it was the best decision of my life.
See, for awhile, I was going to school full time while trying to juggle two part-time jobs along with writing these oh-so painstaking infographic articles (jk, jk, I do it for funsies), all the while not knowing why I was in school or what I even wanted to do with my life. So, overwhelmed with stress, I decided that I just needed to take some time to myself to do a little soul searching. I finished out the semester, quit one of my jobs and started working full-time at the bar I was already working at. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but college definitely wasn't in the picture.
It's funny though, working at a bar until 4:00 in the morning every night gets old really quickly. I started to become unhappy with my circumstances and just wanted life to happen for me, but I learned that I had to be the one to make life happen. You can't just sit around and wait for things to figure themselves out; you have to set goals and work towards achieving them. I realized that what I wanted most out of life was to have a family of my own that I could not only support but give luxuries to, and the easiest way to make that happen is through college.
There are innumerable benefits to getting a college degree, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to give higher education a chance. Think about what you want most out of life. That ten-year-plan stuff they tell you senior year of high school is no joke. It is super important to have a goal to work toward, and I would say that 9 times out of 10, the best route to those goals is through college. If you don't plan now, you may wake up ten years from now at 5:00 in the afternoon to get ready for your 6 p.m. – 4 a.m. bar shift thinking, “Why did I waste all of that time?” [via]