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Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Degree

by Stephanie Nelson

1. Your degree could be worth over 1 million dollars.

On average, people with college degrees earn about three times more than people without a high school diploma-and nearly twice what high school graduates make (according to the 2004 U.S. Census Bureau report "Education Attainment in the United States"). Over a lifetime, that means people with a bachelor's degree earn almost twice as much as workers with a high school diploma-$2.1 million compared to $1.2 million!

2. Your job opportunities will improve dramatically.

If you have a Bachelor's degree, you're in the minority-only 19.8% of the U.S. workforce are college graduates! Being a graduate guarantees you're more valuable to a prospective employer. Fact is, you'll be able to get and keep a better job. Of course, you'll also have more jobs to choose from. So when you search for a position, you'll be looking for the job you want, not just the one you think you can "get"!

3. You'll broaden your outlook.

You will gain different perspectives simply by being exposed to new people from different backgrounds who you may not have met otherwise-and you'll make new friends, some who may be future colleagues. You'll be a more well-rounded person, with a broader knowledge base. College will help you gather and apply skills that will be helpful in all aspects of life, whether on or off the job.

4. You'll have the satisfaction of achieving a personal goal.

Obtaining your degree could be the first step that will help you achieve a lifelong dream. You will feel great about yourself! You'll be setting a great example of accomplishment for your family, increasing your competence in areas that interest you, and you'll be able to have a career you love-not a "job" you hate.

5. Today's workplace is competitive.

Let's face it, without a college degree it's probably going to be very hard for you to make ends meet, take care of emergencies or retire. And those chances aren't going to improve anytime soon. Fact is, the federal government hasn't raised the minimum wage for 9 years, and U.S. citizens are struggling with debt, health care costs and more. A degree will give you security, put your mind at ease and lessen stress in your life!