While this is a compelling argument, so are the numbers and testimonials. Below is a graph that reveals the median annual earnings of full-time year-round wage and salary workers ages 25–34, by educational attainment: 1995–2012.
So, theoretically, it seems that you should do what you have to do now to get an education so that you may benefit in the future. Easier said than done, right? You would prefer to hear from real people facing real situations, wouldn't you? Well, Latisha Hopewell is one such person. She is a mother of two in her thirties from New York. While she had originally intended to pursue a higher degree, life interfered, and she didn't graduate from college. But through hard work and funding opportunities, Ms. Hopewell found her way back to schooling. Lori Holcomb-Holland writes of Ms. Hopewell’s journey, “College is different this time around. She says she is a better student now that the consequences, as well as the rewards, are more tangible. She wants to give her daughters a better life.”
While it may be difficult to picture how education will improve your life in the future and so easy to feel the ways it is currently burdening you, I recommend that you try to identify and define your tangible consequences and rewards. Use the images of these realities as your motivation. Commit to giving yourself a better life by investing in your education; the future gains will outweigh the current negatives. It’s worth it. You’re worth it. Those who count on you are worth it. Start your future today.
Please comment and share your motivations, visualizations, or tips that keep you on track!
New York Times: Going Back to College, and Teaching Her Daughters the Value of Education
National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts- Income of young adults