Monday, February 23, 2015

Why I want to go to college

Why I Want To Go To College
By: Samuel Carstens 
From: O’Neill, Nebraska 

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a little kid? The earliest memory I have of what I wanted to be was a police officer.  Next, I wanted to be a manager like my dad.  After that I thought maybe I’d be a pro football player.  Lately, I think I would like to be a veterinarian.  At the moment I can’t decide what I want to be; but the professional football player is out of the window and after seeing how many hours my dad has to work, I’m not sure about the manager job.  So I’m pretty sure I want to be a vet.  However I realize that may change too.  For example, my mom always wanted to be a teacher and she now she’s a banker. Well, whatever I decide to do, I’ll need college to help me get there.

Since I’ve recently narrowed my goal to becoming a vet, you might guess that I want to work animals.   I love everything and anything about them.  But there is also that police officer idea.  I want to help people and make the world a better and safer place.  I feel a good way to do that is through law enforcement.  I know it’s dangerous but thats the point of being a policeman.  An officer will go towards danger when others run away. 

I want to have a successful life so that when I retire I can buy a nice quiet house in the mountains and live the rest of my life in peace.  But I can’t do anything like that without college.  Education is the most important thing in your life.  It determines everything.  Whether you will become the person you always wanted to be or the exact opposite depends on your education and how you use it.  If you have a college degree, you can get a great job and live a happy life with plenty of money and maybe a loving wife and kids.  Without a college degree, life can be much more difficult.  Job and career opportunities may not be very satisfying or pay as well.  And if I didn't have a college degree and training, I’m pretty sure someone is not going to give me an officer’s uniform or let me operate on their cat.

  Another reason for me to go to college is that education is a family priority.  Nearly all of my family has attended college. For example, my mom always talks about how going to college is  important and so I asked why she had that opinion.  She said college expands your horizons and you get to meet different people and learn to appreciate their culture.  Of course  college will also you give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and prepare for a profession.  Additional leadership responsibilities are also a good reason to go to college.  The social life and building lifelong friendships are a fringe benefit of college.  One of my mom’s roommates is still a close friend. 

Well, that is why I want to go to college.  Oh and in case you didn’t know, I plan to go to UNL.  I already have a college savings account and am getting prepared.  So it’s OK if I don’t win this contest because I already knew college was important.  And that is the end of my story.