Purpose of Higher Education

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This paper evaluates the benefits of obtaining a higher education. There are many advantages to obtaining a college degree that can benefit the overall wellbeing of an individual. Society will also benefit as a whole due to the nature of one’s intelligence within a community. As for the human race knowledge is power, and power can do great things.

A higher education promises widespread opportunities for graduates. In recent years it was much more common for high school graduates to find high paying jobs, but that is no longer the case in today’s slow economy. A college graduate who obtains a bachelor’s degree may have a much greater opportunity to generate a higher income (Barnett, 1992). Students who experience a
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They also have a much better understanding of the world and their community. Lower blood pressure levels and stress levels are common when someone has a college degree. A study published by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology department proves that these low stress levels are caused by low levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. In addition, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute stated that people who earned a college degree have a much lower risk of developing prostate, lung, and breast cancer . This is because of the healthier lifestyle choices that higher educated people take part in.
A college education is a solid investment for one’s future, even more so than years past. An employee with a college degree will make on average eighty three percent more than an employee with just a high school degree (Baum, 2010). As the economy continues to change, a college graduate can feel much more secure about themselves because more jobs than ever will require a college degree in the future. When you work in a field of employment that has both college graduates and non-college graduates, respect is subconsciously given by everyone. It is similar to earning a gold medal and being able to wear it every day to work.
In conclusion, if someone is given the opportunity to take advantage and


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