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Why College?

One of the first pieces of advice that I hear many parents give their teens is: "Don't worry about choosing a major. It is too early for you to know what you want to do. You'll probably change majors three times while you are in college." As I hear those words, I often wonder: 

WHY ARE PARENTS PLANNING TO SPEND A HUNDRED GRAND OR MORE ON A COLLEGE EDUCATION?

Looking at the outcomes I see in students who go off to college, the benefits are beyond college major. Going to college provides:

  • one of the most a nurturing places for teens to grow up in the their last major stage of growth before adulthood
  • exposure to all the professional possibilities available with professional mentors in the field 
  • friendships with peers who are likely to be upwardly mobile
  • an increase to the liklihood that the teen will earn some kind of professional skill and a degree that is both a career and social union card
  • opportunity for teens to realize their full potential

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