The Benefits of a University Education

The obvious benefit of a university education, ultimately, is for the graduate to find employment in his chosen profession in today’s highly competitive job market. Resumes include education level, specific degree(s) earned and official transcripts. But interviewers are looking for more than a good university education with all the necessary requirements. They seek applicants who are well rounded in other aspects of their lives outside of education. Prospective employees may have met all of the correct job criteria. But, will be they be compatible with other employees? Are they dependable? Can they meet important deadlines? Are they a problem solver? Do they have leadership abilities?

A university education opens the world to students to the best of academia. Superior professors, excellent courses, exposure to cultural diversities from faculty and students from all over the world, and the privilege of learning in an academic environment are all wonderful aspects of a university education.

There are many other benefits of a university education. Students can learn skills not only for future employmen, but for life.  Most universities require matriculating freshmen to reside in student housing on campus for their first year. Freshmen have to learn how to awaken and get to class on time. Dorm rooms are tiny. Students must learn organizational skills, if they want to find clean clothes for class, or a paper that is due in class in 10 minutes. Mom is not there to be their maid, laundress, or cook. They have to learn true independence

Freshmen may have to learn how to get along with a roommate they may not like at all. This is, more than likely, their first time away from home and loving family. In future careers, there may be co-workers they do not particularly like, but must work with daily in their jobs. Learning to get along with that roommate will serve them well in their futures. This teaches tolerance.

Success is easy to learn. However, many students have never experienced failure until they go to a university. Some students fall apart and leave school. Others will learn how to accept failure and what they can do to help prevent future failures. While at a university, learning how to deal with failure with as little as possible collateral damage is an important life lesson learned. 

A university teaches students time management. They must learn to juggle class time, study time, and time to socialize. Many university students must work in order to help pay for tuition, textbooks, housing and food. These students usually excel at time management. They are not getting a “free ride” for their university education, and learn to appreciate all aspects of university life and the value of their education.

Social activities at a University are an important part of a student’s overall education as well. Getting involved in student government activities, and joining social or academic clubs can teach students leadership skills.

Another benefit of going to University is teaching the student how to budget. Unless the student is a trust fund baby, or won the lottery, they should not be financially fiscal. If the student has a weekly $25.00 limit for incidentals, and spends it at a bar on Friday night, they will not be able to purchase necessities for the week.

The student realizes that there are 3 different ways to approach a difficult course. Any of them could work but one is better for that particular student for that particular course. This is “thinking outside of the box”. This skill will prove invaluable in the future.

During their years at university students will learn that their decisions have consequences, good and bad. If a student is having difficulty with a course and decides to join a study group, go to extra help sessions offered by the professor, and study consistently, the outcome, or consequence will be good in that he passes the course. If he chooses to procrastinate and would rather go out with friends, instead of studying, he will fail the course. The student will learn that choices have consequences.

There are many benefits of a University education. Ultimately, by the time the proud graduate walks across the stage, he will have learned life lessons that will benefit him in all future aspects of his life, including finding employment in his chosen field.