The Top 10: Reasons Getting an Education is (Actually) a Good Thing

Sometimes we all need some inspiration to keep us trudging through the sleepless nights and long collection of sub par grades. Here’s your reminder. Oh, and remember you have your parents to make proud, too.

by Laura Busch

1.     If everyone’s mind stopped expanding in high school, we would end up with a world rife with Lady Gaga’s and Spencer Pratt’s.

2.     While grossly overpriced, there’s little doubt that obtaining the all-important piece of paper with fancy signatures gives you a leg up when it comes time to enter the “real world.”

3.     Going to school delays having to enter the aforementioned “real world.”

4.     It keeps many lovely instructors employed so that they don’t have to delve too deeply into the “real world” either. (You also learn how to use “quotes” properly, apparently.) 

5.     Let’s be honest: Being a student rocks. The banks and the government toss all kinds of money at you. And if you have to work the weekends, there always seems to be enough spare time for epic sessions of Rock Band.

6.     Nerd alert: going to school may actually make you smarter. Gasp. Now get the inhaler.

7.     Having survived the experience of living like sardines in a can decorated with IKEA furniture for four years will result in many good stories to tell.

8.     You learn to survive on very little money. Especially during December and April when the OSAP money runs out and you can’t work much, because you’re playing Rock Band.

9.       Being able to hold a decent debate about something other than Perez Hilton being culturally relevant is most definitely a good thing.

10.    And now, the most likely reason that the majority of us are in college: Legend says that diplomas hold magical powers that are said to be worth about $1 million over your lifetime. And when they told us that in high school, we all took the bait.

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