Every person in the United States is required to attend some
schooling. Since college is not required, there are so many reasons not to
go. Motivation is one of the biggest reasons that people do go. However,
what does motivation mean? As everybody knows is an inducement or incentive
to do something in life. Therefore, there are so many things that can
motivate different people to attend college.
One of the biggest things that probably motivate people to go to
college is to improve their jobs or compensation. Anymore, to get an
individual would have to have a college degree. Anyone can get a job where
they show up to work, work long hours, with a low pay rate, and cannot wait
to go home. However, by going to college and getting a degree in a field of
choice, a person will be able to choose their job, work better hours, have
better pay, and enjoy their career.
A different good motivation students go to college is because of self-
gratification. Many students these days are the first in their families to
better their education, such as myself. To me, I get self-gratification
because it makes my family proud that I am in school, and that I have my
educational goals gradually done so far. Despite the differences with
language and culture, I have developed a strongest feeling that incentive
me to continue studying my dreamed career, this, in return, makes me proud.
In addition, self-gratification comes when students do something they were
told they could not do. A good example of this is women being in college.
For instance, Adrienne Rich explains in “Claming an Education”: “Our
upbringing as women has often told us that this should come second to our
relationships and responsibilities to other people. Responsibility means
refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you. It
means learning to respect your own brains and instincts; hence grappling
with hard work. The education of women has been a matter of debate for
centuries, and old, negative attitudes about women’s ability to think and
take leadership, are still rife both inside and outside the universities.
Therefore, by pushing so much for a higher education, should bring all
An additional example of motivation to go to school and is probably
the most obvious is to learn. One way college is so different from
elementary and high school is that it is not required. People are there
because they want to be there. In college, you can take classes just to
learn about things. You do not have to be going to school to be something,
but maybe just to learn. Also, there is the motivation to learn by teaching
yourself, to read and write or maybe home schooling, and then going to
college to smooth the edges of your self taught education. Malcolm X is a
good example of that. He was a self made man who taught himself to read and
write. He can inspire so many of us for the strength he had to do that.
Another motivation to go to college is socialization. Students come to
college and meet so many different people, and are exposed to so many
different cultures. The best example of it is I. The fact that I came to
live in a country with different languages and cultures make me valorized
more than people from other places who come to perform goals in life in
this part of the world. So, international schools and dormitory living are
good ways to get these experiences.
Parties might be another reason that motivates people to go to school.
Students might not know what they want to do with their life yet, so they
pick a party school so they can have fun with things until they figure it
out. Extra curricular activities are another motivation to attend college.
Some students pick schools for their extra programs. They might pick a
school for the drama program, or they might pick a good football school in
hopes to be drafted to the NFL. This can be a good intention to get you
into school because a lot of times you can get scholarships that will help
students pay for tuition. In addition, you have to keep your grades up to
be in these programs so you have to try hard. This is good in helping to
keep students focused.
All motivations are good; they are a big help in setting your
priorities in line. Since college is not required, there are many other
options in life to choose. However, people who are expecting an improvement
in life and are wishing to ensure their financial future. If you are
thinking about getting out and socialize with people in the world, get a
better job, or be in an extracurricular activity, I think you should get
into college to accomplish your goals and be that person who you will ever
be proud of.