Going Back to College Essay

828 Words Sep 21st, 2014 4 Pages
My Reasons for Attending College
College is many things to many people. For some it is a time for fun and socialization. For others, it is a time for personal and professional development. In my case, (a husband, a father, and a proud member of the U.S. Navy) college represented an opportunity for both personal and professional development. The purpose of this narrative essay is to examine my decision to earn a college degree, specifically examining my three main reasons (higher earning potential, increased marketability, and development of my critical thinking skills) for deciding to enter college in pursuit of a college degree. My first reason to attend college was the higher earning potential associated with having a
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Therefore once I realized how many more jobs I could qualify and apply for simply by possessing a college degree, I knew that it was something I desperately needed to attain. My third reason for attending college was to develop my critical thinking skills. I realized as early as my first year if high school that critical reasoning skills such as collecting data, analyzing data, applying standards, predicting, and decision-making were important skills I would need over the course of my entire life and the development of these important skills would ultimately help me make better decisions in all aspects of my life. Without the development of critical reasoning skills, all my decision would include a one maximum two-step decision making process when in reality complicated and complex problems require more than a one or two step solution. I knew the rigors of college coursework would strengthen my critical reasoning skills better than anything else therefore making attending college a very appealing option. In addition, added benefits to strengthening my critical thinking include the ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively as well as enhance my interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and business associates. In final analysis, three main factors positively influenced me to earn a college degree. They were the

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