Why College Education is Important to Me
For most individuals, a college education is merely the next step in the road to a successful career. For myself, the importance of a college education is more of a personal goal.
Eight years ago, one of the last conversations I had with my mother prior to her passing away was her wish for me to attain my Bachelors Degree; a goal I had made for myself back when I was just entering High School but never attained as planned. I was one of those numbers who contributed to the statistics of having to drop out of college early on due to pregnancy. As a single parent, I had to put my educational goals on the back burner to raising my family. I excelled in High School, which helped facilitate securing a position with a firm in which financially allowed me to keep a roof over our heads, clothes on our back and food on the table. While furthering my education was always in the back of my mind, I knew at that point and time in my life, it just wasn’t in the cards.
Fast forward 25 years: my children are all grown up and with the exception of my 16 year old, they’re all self supporting and out on their own. I now have the opportunity to fulfill my mother’s desire for me to continue my education and reach that goal I made over 30 years ago. The importance of my college education at this time is very significant to me. At my age, by the time I obtain my Bachelor’s Degree, I’ll have reached Senior Citizenship. What benefit will my degree do for me? Out in the workforce, having a Bachelor’s Degree at age 50 will most likely not have any benefit whatsoever; however, I will have attained a goal in which I have had to overcome many obstacles to pursue.