1. It is better to graduate now than to quit and try to come back.
Including myself, countless students who are aching to stop going to college. It’s easy to understand, especially if no time was taken off between high school and college. 16 plus years is a long time to be dealing with such stress, as well as having a job and maintaining your independence. It will be far more worth it to just finish as soon as possible and never have to worry about having to finish far in the future. I have a friend who is working at a convenience store full time when she could be a physical therapist, but she quit with only one credit hour to go. And if she never goes back, she will have to continue stocking shampoo until she retires.
2. It doesn’t matter if your job is in the same field as your degree, companies pay more if you have a degree.
The U.S. Census Bureau has shown that people with Masters degrees make $1.3 million more than high school graduates. My sister-in-law woks in fiance when she has a masters degree in creative writing. But because of her degree, she was making more than her peers who had been at the company for longer, and was promoted sooner.
3. Generally you can still go to grad school for something completely different.
Think of educations as a funnel: as you advance, your curriculum becomes more and more narrow and concentrated. However, you don’t have to go back and get a bachelors in math if you want a masters in math. If you weren’t in the program before, you just have to take a few classes that make up for the requirements for the grad program. So getting the degree is worth it, no matter what.
4. No more student loans.
Graduating college means that you will no longer be contributing to your student loans, and now you can begin paying them off! I’m sure that the latter isn’t as exciting, but chipping away at your debt is for the best. And dragging out your degree because you are going part time or because your are changing your major will just add and add to your debt.
5. You are DONE.
Elementary through high school may be exciting, too, but you must attend them as required by law. You don’t really have a choice, and in reality, if you wanted to just take you GED, that is an equivalent. But there isn’t an GED for college, and it is your own choice to go. This is one of the first times when you will make a major decision that will affect the rest of your life and now you will finish it. You will have reached a huge goal.