In today’s society there has been a steady increase in the number of people attending college. That has not always been the case. Have you thought about attending college? Maybe you are considering going back to school to change your career? I believe there is only one reason why you should not attend college. We will discuss that later in this blog. According to the National Center for Education Statistics:
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds increased from 28.0 million to 31.1 million, an increase of 11 percent, and the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college rose from 36 percent in 2001 to 42 percent in 2011. In addition to enrollment in accredited 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities, about 572,000 students attended non-degree-granting, Title IV eligible, post secondary institutions in fall 2011. These institutions are post secondary institutions that do not award associate’s or higher degrees; they include, for example, institutions that offer only career and technical programs of less than 2 years’ duration.
Growing up in a rural town in Mississippi I had many dreams. One of those dreams was to attend college. Today this is not unusual dream however for a child living in the racially divided south there were few options. There were also many limitations. Factor in the fact that no one in my immediate family had gone to college and the obstacles began to appear insurmountable. And yet I was not deterred.
From the moment I started school I sought to get good grades. My quest was for a better life for myself and my family. I wasn’t ashamed of our neighbor I just instinctively knew there was more. More than the 4 room house we lived in with 4 adults and 3 children. More than the constant concern for food, money and the so-called necessities of life. More than jobs where people controlled your fate based on whims and social class.
Yes, there was more and I set a goal to achieve my goals. The quest for college was the first step to experiencing life outside of my small town. My view of the world was quite small. How about you? How far outside of your local area did you venture as a child? I remember the school field trips were to the milk factory, petrified forest and the zoo. My hometown, Yazoo City, is about 50 miles north of the state capitol, Jackson. When my family needed to go shopping at the larger department stores we had to make the trip to Jackson.
My Life Take Away
- Be grateful for the things that are available.
- Set realistic goals.
- Be willing to move outside of the familiar (comfort zone).
- Ask for help.
- Work hard.
- Find a mentor.
- Pray and act.
It doesn’t matter what barriers you may be facing there is only one reason why you should not attend college. The reason to not attend college is because you don’t want to attend college. If you have a desire then it is time to make it happen. One of my clients has been working on her degree for ten years. She refuses to quit. Yes, there have been obstacles through our sessions she is setting realistic goals. My client expects to graduate this year and that excites me!
Question: What has been your experience with seeking to go to college? How did you handle it? Share your answer below.
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