Jeffrey J. Selingo's There Is Life After College

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From a young boy, my family instilled within me the concept of higher education being the assured key to success. They would always inform me that settling with a high school diploma wasn’t acceptable in today’s society and I wouldn’t get far with it. However, it was not until senior school that I came to grips with such concept, and actually believe that higher education will play a pivotal role in determining my future. This is because at present, higher education is no longer a choice, but rather an essential part of life. I also contemplated how can higher education be the assured key to success for someone who aspires to be an electrician and technical school rather than college is more ideal for them? So Is higher education really necessary,…show more content…
Most people have come to a conclusion that a high school diploma isn’t the gateway to success as it was 40 years ago. Therefore, one must pursue higher education to receive the additional knowledge a high school graduate wouldn’t. Jeffrey J. Selingo, professor at Arizona State University and author of “There is Life After College”, has proven the accuracy of this by presenting average intelligence quotient (IQ) scores. A high school graduate average IQ is 105 points and the average IQ of a four-year college graduate is 115 points. Also, higher education indicates to employers that you have the discipline and dedication to finish what you’ve started. Once pursuing higher education, students are given opportunity to experience activities those who didn’t pursue higher education wouldn’t. For example, I am Bahamian citizen whose main purpose of being in the United States of America is for higher education. Therefore, a Bahamian citizen is who isn’t pursuing higher education wouldn’t have received the opportunity to study abroad like I did. Studying abroad allows you to adapt to a new culture first hand – getting familiar with how they speak, eat, and dress. If I didn’t pursue higher education, I wouldn’t have met life long lasting friends, become a vital part of a few student organizations and learned how to play soccer. Many people take part in extracurricular activities while in high school, but don’t have many opportunities to continue such activity after graduating. Higher education prevents that from happening. Selingo says that’s some of our most valuable skills has come from higher education. Once being in college, we become adapted to efficient time management skills that were not used in high school. We make it our job to excel in our academics as well as maintaining a social life. I would say that my most valuable skill thus far has been budgeting my funds. I am a
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