As I finish up my first year at Cal Poly, I can’t help but think about this whirlwind of a year and what it took for me to get to where I am today. The stress and anxiety can be daunting, but the relationships I’ve formed and the knowledge I’ve gained far outweigh any negatives that may be associated with attending college.
According to a report from the Commission to Build a Healthier America, “College graduates can expect to live at least five years longer than those who haven’t finished high school,” mainly due to better working conditions and an increased knowledge of health. In addition, Bryan Cohen, author of “The Post-College Guide to Happiness,” furthers this idea of a college degree being extremely beneficial by explaining that “graduates can use their educational experience to pursue what they love to do.”
If I could go back and talk to my overwhelmed, senior-year self, I would only have three words to say: “Hang in there.” I would just reassure myself that all the choices and sacrifices I made during high school will all be worth it down the road and that college will be a choice I make and never look back on.
Evan Kimura, Visalia