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What is the duration of time for college. How much money could you make. Why is it important.

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Sarah’s Answer

The duration of college typically ranges from 2 to 4 years for an associate’s degree and 4 to 6 years for a bachelor’s degree, depending on the program and whether you attend full-time or part-time. The potential earnings after college vary greatly depending on factors like your field of study, level of education, location, and experience. Generally, individuals with a college degree tend to earn higher salaries over their lifetime compared to those without one. It’s important because higher education can provide you with valuable knowledge, skills, and opportunities for personal and professional growth, leading to better career prospects and financial stability.
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Marylou’s Answer

It is what you make it. You can make it long. You can make it short. It’s up to you. The key is knowing what you want. And that’s a really hard question. Knowing.

That can take time. And don’t rush it. And don’t beat yourself up. Just take the time to find who you are and what you want. That is the most important thing you want to do right now. And that will pull you forward to your next chapter..

Breathe, and I wish you the best. As an educator and as an artist. I can only say just breathe and follow your bliss.

When I was in college, I juggled two jobs. I was a gas station attendant, pumping gas. And I was a server at a diner on the weekends. But it gave me the leverage and the flexibility to get my degree. And to do what I needed to do.

Put it out there. You will find it.
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Douglas’s Answer

Hey Peighton,

When I was in your shoes, right at that crucial moment of deciding about college during my high school years, I was pretty unsure too. But looking back, I'm really glad I went through with it. Back in my day, we didn't have computers, or I would have done some quick online research to see the difference in earnings between high school and college graduates. It's quite a big gap, with about a $20,000 difference in the first year alone.

Sure, you hear stories about wildly successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates who made it big without finishing college. But remember, they're more the exception than the rule.

As for how long it takes to get a 4-year bachelor's degree? Well, it really depends on how hard the student goes for it. I had a buddy in college who powered through his 4-year degree in just 3 years by taking a full course load all year round, no summer breaks. On the other hand, I also know someone who worked full time after high school, went to college part-time, and it took her 10 years to finish her 4-year degree.

I hope this gives you some perspective. All the best!
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J’s Answer

Good day Peighton

Community colleges are 2 years of education. With a 2-year degree, you can earn an associate degree. A bachelor's degree usually takes 4-years. Many people overlook the value of a 2-year education. Depending upon the area of study, you can make a good living with a 2-year degree. For example, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median income of a MRI technologists is $67,180 per year and this is with an associate degree; in 2022 the median income for a carpenter was $51,390 per year. Just to put this in perspective, in 2022 the median income for a master's level counselor (5-6 years of school) was $56,570.

If you are not sure what you want to do, take a variety of classes, look at what you like to do for fun. Can you take some of what you like and apply it to a career? I know indicated median salaries; however, you have to like what you are doing. A few people are able to work in a career that they do not like for higher pay; however, many of us would not like that and would be miserable

Finally, back to school. Many students will do their first two years at a community college and then transfer into a 4-year institution after earning their associate degree. In many instances, individuals with an associate's degree can earn their bachelor's degree in 2 years. This option can save a lot of money.

Occupational Outlook Handbook address: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

I hope this helps

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