There are many reasons that people choose to go to college before entering the workforce: a better job, a higher salary, or otherwise unattainable careers are some prime examples. For me, however, the lure of higher education is much simpler. I have worked in a variety of careers in my 34 years, but none of them have made me as happy as I am being a mother. To that end, I plan to earn my Bachelor’s Degree and using it to obtain a career path that allows me to work from home with a flexible schedule so I don’t have to leave my children for hours every day.
Admittedly, my reasons for seeking out higher education are very different that for the average college student. Many college students are just finishing high school and college is just the next logical step, but even without the knowledge of what life will bring, everyone can benefit from a college education. Had I chosen that path at a younger age, my children would already be benefiting from my diligence.
My passion right now is the study of languages, and whether or not I’m able to turn that into the type of career I’m hope for, the benefits of my studying aren’t limited to my professional life. Studying languages has opened my eyes to the beauty of other cultures, to the history of linguistics, and the knowledge of how much language has done to shape each culture that has ever existed on this planet.
No matter your chosen field of study, it will undoubtedly enrich your life in many ways you can’t even dream of yet. Of course, it is wonderful to be able to make money from our academic pursuits, but there is so much more to education than dollars and cents. Knowledge shapes our perspectives, and through that, our entire lives.