Is Higher Education Right for You? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

Is higher education right for you? Seven questions to ask yourself before seeking a post-graduate degree - The confused millennial

The future has yet to arrive for you, but the decisions you make today have a direct impact on your future. One major decision that greatly affects your future is deciding whether or not to attend college or further that degree with graduate school. How can you tell if higher education is the right move for you?

Here are the three key questions to ask yourself when deciding to attend undergraduate or graduate school:

  1. Motive: Are you self ­motivated to learn about the world around you?
  2. Purpose: What’s your reason for attending college?
  3. Future: How will attending college influence your future life?

These three items are how I judge every major life decision, as each one influences the trajectory of your future life.

After you decide whether or not a degree is the right next move for you, how can you choose the right school for your needs?

These are the four items I took into account when choosing Indiana University, Bloomington as my higher education institution of choice:

  1. Academic degree programs: Does it have my desired academic major?
  2. Professional network: Will I be able to find a job after college?
  3. Student Leadership opportunities: How can I grow as a young adult?
  4. University’s local community: Who will I meet that will influence my life greatly?

Whether it’s undergraduate or graduate school you are on the fence about, I hope these questions will guide you in deciding the right college for you. I may be biased, but in my opinion, there really is no equivalent opportunity in life that will provide you with as much personal growth and opportunities as college will.

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  • Kait Hanson

    This was a perfect post for me to read today as I debate going back to school for my doctorate!

  • Mckenna Bleu

    These are awesome questions to ask yourself! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sockwun Phng

    The motive-purpose-future questions are great ones to ask. After starting my master’s program, I found that my Purpose has actually changed, which worked out well because it also changed my Future. If anything, keeping the motive-purpose-future questions in mind even while you’re in a higher education program is good too!

    Sockwun | ExtraExtravagant.com

  • Amanda Kushner

    I’m actually going back to school this fall to get my MBA!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Michelle Mink

    I felt like the decision to pursue higher education was chosen for me. I don’t regret it but I do think that way too many people spend money that they don’t have on their education. So far I haven’t seen those people be able to afford to pay their loans back and they are sliding into a lot of debt.

  • Mindy Thompson

    Great post! I have been out of school after earning my BS in Marketing. I am considering going back for an MBA soon. The money investment is my biggest concern. I need to outway of being in debt for many more years will progress me in my career. Xoxo Mindy

  • Seersucker Sass

    This is such a great post! I have been considering going back to school for a graduate degree, but I have been stressed about choosing the correct school for me. I will use the four questions at the end of the post as I consider different schools. Thank you!

    XO, SS || <a href="http://www.seersuckersass.com">Seersucker Sass</a>

  • Elana Lyn Gross

    This is so interesting. I never considered not going to college.

  • Lindsey Aleson

    I never felt like it was an option to not go to school. I don’t regret it as I absolutely love learning and if I could be a student as my career I probably would. But I am just as happy pushing myself and learning on my own.

  • Bella Bucchiotti

    I want to get post secondary education. One year down so far!

  • Tiffany Khyla

    I think our society is so inspiring in that there isn’t one clear cut way to define or achieve success. It’s incredible that some people can find success with degrees and others can do it without. These are all such awesome questions to think about.

  • Laura Shaw

    Great questions to ask yourself!

  • Alexandra Hollander

    Good questions, especially because higher education isn’t always right for everyone. I’m in the magazine industry and I just moved to the city before even graduating undergrad, but while higher education doesn’t serve a purpose for me, it will for somebody else

  • Tiffani Grosser

    This is so awesome! I think a lot of people only go to college to because thats what they think they are supposed to do. These are great questions to ask yourself when deciding what kind of higher education is right for you, if any!