Ever since I was 16, I’ve had a job. I’ve flipped burgers for 6 dollars an hour. I’ve stocked clothing racks at a retail store for 6 dollars an hour. I’ve held jobs in between those that more or less did the same. I waited tables for 2.33 an hour plus tips, and that’s where I decided to draw the line. Working these low wage jobs was no way to make a living. When I was in high school, these jobs were great. They kept me occupied and I made enough money to buy new clothes, hang out with friends, and even pay a little bit of my cell phone bill. Now that I’m out of high school and ready to be on my own, it’s time to look at the next chapter in my life. That chapter is getting an education.
Living paycheck to paycheck is no way to earn a living. It’s stressful, and it’s just not practical. I’ve never wanted to have a life where I would have to worry about how I would pay my rent, pay for food to eat, or pay for bills in order to keep my electricity going. I especially knew that this would not be a feasible way to live when I chose to have a family. I wanted my children to not only never have to worry about money, but to also have parents they are proud of.
So while I’m already thinking about the future, that means it’s time to start thinking about the present by getting an education. I knew that I didn’t just want to go through life with a string of odd jobs. I wanted to go through life with a career. I always knew I wanted something that would be stable, something I could rely on, and something that I could eventually work my way up in the company! One of the best parts about being an adult is having a career, and that’s what I was looking forward to.
In order to have a career though, I knew I had to first attend college. Once you know what you want to do in life, and what you want to major in, it becomes easy and worth it.
College prepares you for a career. They take you through the neccessary steps of learning the general knowledge about whatever career path you may choose. Then they take you out into the real world and you get to have that first hand experience of shadowing someone in your chosen career path, and learning what goes on day in and day out.
These things have all made me excited to obtain a degree. It’s a good feeling to know what I am doing something that not only will I be proud of for years to come, but so will my family. Having a career is essential in having stability in life. They go hand in hand. Therefore, I knew that getting an education and a college degree was the only way to make me truly happy.