Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The ‘added value’of a college education

Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.

Leadership, responsibility, communication, accountability. College gave me the opportunity to develop skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace and I didn’t even have to leave campus.

College offers students a wide variety of activities and clubs outside the classroom which provides students with experiences that build the skills needed to be successful in the real world. I came to college for the education I could receive in the classroom, but it was through organizations like Student Government Association and the student newspaper, that I learned leadership skills that really can’t be taught in the classroom.

One of the opportunities I benefited most from was a student leadership academy. I learned how to network, how to speak in public and even how to act during high profile events. These skills have helped me immediately as I take advantage of community-wide opportunities such as a local entrepreneurship competition (where my team placed second, by the way) and will help me over the course of my eventual career.

My experiences at college exceeded my expectations by 200 percent, largely because of the student life options available to me. I recently completed my associate degree and I am armed with enough information and skills to obtain a full-time job. But my experience so far has also made it clear to me that I need to take the next step and transfer my credits and complete a bachelor’s degree. Every degree I obtain increases the likelihood of me earning a greater salary and every extracurricular activity I participate in at college offers added value to my education.