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If you are on the edge of going back to school or not, there are a few things to consider when making your decision.

Getting your education is more than simply obtaining a degree. Following are some reasons to think about when making your decision on going back to school:

Life Experience

Life experiences are not just limited traveling, taking up a new hobby, or even jumping out of an airplane. Higher education can also be included in life experiences. Remember back when you were in high school and all of the new things you experienced? You will also do new and exciting things in college, just with a little more life knowledge.

Social

Most of us are in need of brushing up on our social skills. Even if you don’t need to brush up, you may need to expand your social horizons.

When you are going back to school, you are exposed to many different kinds of people from all walks of life.

This kind of exposure will take you out of your comfort zone of coworkers, neighbors, congregation, or whomever you socialize with on a regular basis.

Not only will you expand your social network, but you will also be able to expand your cultural awareness.

There are many different people attending college at any time that come from different religions, cultures, socioeconomic positions, political views, and the like. Integrating yourself into other cultures will also assist with your social skills and provide you with the opportunity to learn about new things.

Financial

It is true that going back to school can be quite expensive, however it can have other financial benefits.

While you are in school, you can get lower auto insurance rates if you are a good student. There are also tax breaks available to you while you are in school and while you are paying back your student loans.

The financial benefits should then continue to benefit you throughout the rest of your life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an individual with a high school diploma and no higher education can earn, on average, $626 per week; an individual with some college or an Associate’s Degree can earn an average of $734; and an individual with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher can earn an average of $1,144.

Personal Growth

When going back to school, one will learn more than what is just taught in the classroom. A few areas in which a student can benefit are as follows:

–        Teamwork – most college students will have to work in groups to get projects done.

–        Time Management – taking multiple classes will mean having to plan out when to complete the assignments for each course. Not only that, a student will need to learn to balance life and school as well.

–        Creativity – as a college student, you will need to learn how to think outside of the box. You will need to learn how to come up ideas that are your own and expand upon them.

Making the decision on going back to school can be much more than simply receiving a degree.

When contemplating whether or not you will embark on this new adventure, consider the other benefits to going back to school. What you learn by getting your college degree will last you a lifetime.

Amie Sitter-JonesAmie Sitter-Jones is a consultant and in her spare time blogs for workingtaxcreditcalculator.co.uk a site which can help you stay up to date on tax credit changes.

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