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Is going to university useful in Nigeria. Would you advise someone to go learn a business instead

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Excluding few everybody should go.

We are human and we have certain nature of being social and copying what others do. We tend to observe others and do our actions. So what other people do directly or indirectly affects us. University helps us in the following ways:


  1. Helps us learn by seeing others learning: We see everyone learning, giving exams, attending classes and competing with each other. That motivates us to compete with others and as a result we gain knowledge and many other things.


  1. Learning by discipline: People and all the creatures by nature are lazy. We tend to do our actions if we are put in some kind of discipline. Fear of getting low grades, pressure of doing assignments on time and stress of keeping up our grades are discipline factors that forces us to learn something.
  2. Systematic learning: If you try to learn at your own you will be worried about your achievement in learning. You don’t feel enough confident on what you have achieved. A psychological feeling that I may be short of something compared to others may haunt you. But in university where each subjects, classes, lessons and lectures are taken systematically it will be easy learning experience.
  3. Helps us to be social: College life is not all about academics and knowledge. It is also about networking, leadership and relations. If you attend university you are likely to be social more pertaining to the huge mass of friends, lecturers you company with.

When the university/college you attend is not worth going(may be bad/against your character/or any reason), it is natural feeling to think university is not mandatory. For such cases and for some people who can take much advantage of self-learning university is really not needed. We have seen such many examples. But for general people university plays good role in making our career and future.


  1. College graduates earn more on average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $468 per week than workers with only a high school diploma – a higher salary that can add up over the course of your lifetime. A 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Education found the average worker with a bachelor’s degree may earn approximately $1 million more than a worker without a postsecondary education.


  1. Workers with a college degree are less likely to face unemployment.

In addition to the potential to make more money, earning your college degree could also lead to more career stability. According to BLS data, just 2.2% of workers with a bachelor’s degree are facing unemployment, compared to 4.1% of workers with only a high school diploma.


  1. College graduates are more likely to experience job satisfaction.

A 2016 Pew Research report found that 77% of workers with a post-graduate degree and 60% of workers with a bachelor’s degree believe their job gives them a sense of identity, versus just 38% of those with a high school diploma or less. Workers with a bachelor’s degree or more advanced education were are also significantly more to say their job is a career, with 70% viewing their job as a career compared to just 39% of workers with no college education .


  1. A college degree can boost your financial savvy.

Working-age adults with bachelor’s degrees are 9.4 times more likely to have a bank account than those with a high school diploma as their highest level of education, according to a 2016 report from the Lumina Foundation.


College-educated adults were also less likely to have used expensive forms of credit. Just 2.3% of college-educated adults used pay-day and tax refund loans within the last year, compared to 9.2% of high school graduates without a college education.


  1. College degree holders are more likely to be homeowners.

A 2016 report from real estate company Zillow found that 75% of all home buyers were college-educated in that year, compared to just 11% who had a high school diploma only and 14% who attended some college but did not earn a degree.


  1. College graduates are more likely to be married (and for longer!)

65% of adults ages 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or more were married in 2014, compared with 53% of adults with less education, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center report.


A degree could mean a longer-lasting marriage, too. According to the report, researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics estimate that 78% of college-educated women who married for the first time between 2006 and 2010 could expect their marriages to last at least 20 years, compared to just 40% of women with a high school education or less.


  1. Earn a college education and you could even live a longer life.

Just one additional year of college education can decrease your mortality rate by 15% to 19%, according to a 2016 report by the Brookings Institute. In fact, high school graduates have a mortality rate that is double those with some college or a college degree, the report states.


  1. A college degree could also mean better health.

A Lumina Foundation report found that college degree holders demonstrate healthier habits than non-degree holders.


The proportion of adults smoking daily falls significantly with an increase in education, the report states, from 20% of high school graduates without any college education to 5% of those with bachelor’s degrees and just 3% of workers with graduate degrees.


The report also found a strong positive relationship between educational attainment and eating fruits and vegetables, exercising and wearing a seat belt.


  1. Earning a college degree could even boost your happiness.

94% of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher reported being happy or very happy with life, compared to 89% of adults with no college education, according to the Lumina Foundation report.


  1. Earn a college degree; be a better citizen.

Earning your college degree can improve the lives of those around you, too. According to the Lumina Foundation report, 40% of working-age adults with a bachelor’s degree volunteered in their community within the past year, compared to just 17% of high school graduates without any college education.


College degree holders also donated three times more money to charity than workers without any college education, were 1.5 times as likely to consistently vote in local elections and more than twice as likely to participate in a school, community or religious organization.


Southern New Hampshire University leaders shared their thoughts on why education is important and the impact it has had on their lives.



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