November 9, 2010 | Suzanne Shaffer | 2 Comments Have you ever wondered why you should go to college? The #1 answer most people give is job-related: college will help them secure a well-paying job after graduation. But is that the only reason (or even the best reason) to go to college? Considering the current trend and economic climate, there should be some other factors involved in deciding to spend that huge chunk of change for a college education. Following are five reasons to go to college. Consider these when making that all-important college decision: 1. To get an education This might seem obvious, but you would be amazed how low this ranks on the list of criteria involved in making the decision. If you aren’t interested in learning, college is a waste of your time and money. Attend college with education as your top priority and you will most definitely get your money’s worth. 2. To expand your circle of awareness Surrounding yourself with educated people and participating in debate expands your mind and makes you more aware of the world around you. Once you become aware of others and their various paths in life, you will be more likely to serve your community and affect change in whatever field you choose to follow. 3. To discover your passion Life is so much more than a job. The goal of any college student is to find their passion. Take courses that interest you and explore all the options available within the college environment. Once you find your passion, it’s so much easier to find the right career path and find fulfillment. 4. To network To get the most out of your college experience, you should invest some of your time in networking. Make contacts with people that are like-minded and pursue the same goals. These college connections can not only improve your quality of life, but can also contribute to an effective career path after graduation. 5. To challenge yourself You get out of college what you put into it. If you stretch beyond what is easy and comfortable, you can ultimately realize your full potential. College allows you the opportunity to get off the beaten path and head out on the road less traveled. As you challenge those boundaries, you learn more about yourself and grow as a person. College is so much more than getting that degree and finding a job. If you approach it as a place of higher learning (with emphasis on learning) you won’t be disappointed with the outcome. College can be more than a means to an end (degree=job); it can be life-changing. Are you trying to decide whether to go back to school or not? Tell us which issues are important to you in the comments below!