The Purpose Of A Higher Education . One Of The Most Important

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The Purpose of a Higher Education One of the most important decisions in any teenager’s life is what they decide to do after high school, the choice is usually between college and deciding to get a job and start making money. Although the cost of education in America continues to rise, the benefits of a higher education are substantial and can be seen in the success of anyone who has a college degree. Esteemed author and Howard alumni, Ta-Nehisi Coates is an example of how higher education has made all the difference in his life. Through Between the World in Me, Coates sheds his perspective on growing up in Baltimore and deciding to pursue an education at Howard University. Obtaining a higher education is vital to accessing a wide array…show more content…
Traveling abroad promotes broadening of the mind. As if Howard wasn 't already a life changing experience for Coates, he then travels France and gains a new perspective. He writes, “ And it occurred to me, listening to your mother, that France was not a thought experiment but an actual place filled with actual people whose traditions were different, whose lives really were different, whose sense of beauty was different.” (Coates 151) Coates understands that seeing the world from different perspectives humbles the mind. He no longer had to live with the stigma of being a black man in America. Traveling has provide Coates with experiences that would be unlikely if he didn’t attend Howard University. “And though I could never, myself, be a native of any of these worlds, I knew that nothing so essentialist as race stood between us. I had read too much by then. And my eyes—my beautiful, precious eyes—were growing stronger each day. And I saw that what divided me from the world was not anything intrinsic to us... ” (Coates 154) Coates understands that seeing the world from different perspectives humbles the mind. He no longer had to live with the stigma of being a black man in America. After attending Howard University, Coates grasped a vision for his future and his family. “I wanted you to have your own life, apart from fear—even apart from me.” (Coates 1) discusses how he want his upbring to unparallel to his son’s life. He doesn’t want his son to live
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