Higher education sets a platform for different career paths. Individuals with college degrees easily penetrate the job market due to the acquired essential skills such as communication. Students master the art of communication through research reports, essays, and other academic papers. They also enhance their verbal communication skills through participation in team projects and class presentations. Such activities afford them the highly coveted organizational skills such as time management, collaboration, and meeting deadlines. Lastly, college and university students develop critical thinking, which is foundational in making good life choices. While higher education delivers such an array of benefits, my main reason to join college is to prevent poverty. Poverty has adverse effects economically, socially, and academically at an individual level, community, or the nation level. In this paper, I discuss how college education can help fight poverty.
College education contributes to economic growth. Attainment of higher education degree equips students with the right tools in readiness for the workforce. Students can easily navigate the job market where they can secure decent paying jobs. Well paying jobs correlate to economic empowerment. In this era of globalization and international trade, a national economical growth and stability is significant to allow countries to compete against each other. Economically successful countries achieve a competitive advantage over other economies. When more college graduates join various industries in a country, its economy grows. Furthermore, employers prefer workers who have the right skill set in order to reduce training and management costs. Higher education empowers individuals with the right resources and skills to thrive in the workplace. Additionally, when a countries economy stabilizes, wages are also raised, thus, benefiting the working population. A growth in the economy therefore, reduces poverty by improving standards of living.
College education also delivers great health benefits. Literacy plays a major role in the health of pregnant women. Literate pregnant women are more likely to take prenatal vitamins and other helpful measures for successful pregnancy compared to their illiterate counterparts. This knowledge helps to reduce mortality rates of mothers and infants. Educated mothers also understand the importance of vaccines to their young children compared to uneducated mothers. Secondly, an educated population is well informed about the prevention of most diseases hence, the reduced likelihood of contracting the diseases such as AIDS. Similarly, education increases individuals’ knowledge of how to live healthy lifestyles. This involves consuming nutritious foods at the right amounts and observing physical fitness to improve their health. Thirdly, education improves food security and decreases malnutrition levels. In college, students learn about agriculture and farming techniques, which help them to grow healthy crops for food. This also reduces malnutrition due to adequate supply of nutritious foods from the farm. Lastly, in poor communities, communicable diseases are a great threat to people’s health. The spread of such diseases including the Ebola virus is attributed to inadequate public knowledge concerning the subject. Higher education provides people with extensive knowledge on the spread and prevention of these diseases. This helps to improve health standards in poor communities hence, reduced poverty levels.
Less participation of women in the economic sector has also greatly affected poverty levels. Traditionally, women and girls were confined to the domestic sector while boys and men accessed more education and career opportunities. College education informs people on the importance of gender equality on the economy. Women who attain higher education are more likely to secure well-paying jobs and gain economic stability. Their individual economic stability not only benefits them and their families but also the community and the entire nation.
Lastly, poverty has been associated to greater crime rates. Young individuals engage in the life of crime to earn money. Poor neighborhoods are characterized by criminal behaviors like robbery, shop lifting, and pick-pocketing. Most of the individuals who engage in such activities do not attend school and lack employment. Higher education increases the chances of individuals to secure jobs and gain economic stability, which in turn reduces crime levels. Furthermore, individuals who attend college, compared to those who do not, are less likely to engage in drugs. Drug consumption can easily lead individuals to a life of crime. Furthermore, the lifestyle poses greater health and social dangers. College education therefore plays a significant role in preventing such events. These reasons compelled me to join college in order to live a better life and help others prevent poverty.
My main reason of joining college is to fight poverty, which poses grave dangers to individuals, communities, and the nation. Poverty stunts economic development, causes health and social problems, and leads to food insecurity. College education plays an important role in reducing and preventing such effects. With a college degree, individuals can easily get jobs and improve their standards of living. Secondly, with an increased workforce, a nation is likely to gain economic stability, which in turn will boost the wages. Increased income reduces poverty levels. College education helps populations to improve their health by learning how to live healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases. I believe my college degree will help me secure a better job and evade poverty. I will also use the acquired knowledge to help others evade poverty.