Why a College Education Is Important to Me
The quality of life for my family and I is not horrible. I am a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. I have a husband that maintains a steady job and steady income. We have a house, cars, and most things of an average family. However, I believe there is no limit to how high the quality of life can be. Vince Limbardi once said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ” (Vince, 2012) A college education is my chosen endeavor. The improvement of the quality of life for my family and I is why a college education is important to me.
It is a widely known fact that achieving any goals increases mental and emotional health therefore improving the quality of life. In April of 2011, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. A little over a year later, I was hospitalized for the extreme “symptoms” of depression. Within the past 6 months, through intense therapy and medication, things have improved almost to the point of normalcy. By breaking down a college education into courses or even down to lessons and completing each goal one by on my self-esteem, confidence, and over all happiness will slowly and continually grow.
There was a study that proved that your happiness not only trickles down to your immediate family and friends, but also to their friends, and their friends’ friends. (O, 2009) Using this theory, achieving these goals would not only improve the quality of life for me and my family, but also for anyone within three degrees of separation of us. I would say we can add two rungs to the ladder of the quality of my life on this one. I have had the desire to become a teacher ever since I can remember. As a child, I would stand up and “teach” my baby dolls. How awesome would it be to obtain the dream of the 6 years old version of myself?
Being a housewife has been enjoyable. It has allowed me to watch children grow through the young stages of life. Suddenly, my little toddlers are all growing into school-age children. The tearful kiss good-bye as the baby of our family jumps excitedly on to the school bus will be bitter sweet. However, it will allow for the perfect opportunity to grab the career of my dreams. Persistence, a smile, and a college education are just 3 of the important tools that I will need to make the dream come true.
And the enjoyment of teaching will create another new rung on the ladder of the quality of my life. How about improving the uality of life for me and my family with the obvious? The opportunities of an increase in income that arises with a college education. No, money does not by happiness but it does relieve stressors. With 6 children, what is a reasonable $20 bracelet to have an unlimited amount of fun at the fair turns into whopping $120 for all 6 of our children tohave unlimited fun. The career opportunities available with a college education allow me to provide that little extra support to our family. It will help to allow our family to enjoy the little extras life has offer, like the vacation we have always wanted to go on.
Adding more fun, reassurance that the bills will always be paid, and helping decrease the stressors are all things that improve the quality of our family’s life. Let’s add one more rung to our ladder. A college education is important to everyone on their own special ways. I am excited to say that its importance to me is for me and my family’s life. Making things less stressful, achieving a lifelong dream, and increasing my mental and emotional health are just a few of the ways that a college education can improve the quality of our lives if the advantages a college education provides are used.
The “rungs on my ladder” will never be out of stock because the quality of life does not peak unless you let it. I plan on taking complete advantage of the opportunities that a college education will allow me to use to improve the quality of our lives.