People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge). Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

People continue their studies by attending a college or university for a wide variety of reasons. I believe behind each person's decision on getting a higher education, there could be several reasons contributed. Attending schools, to be precise colleges, is costly. Hence, it is almost far from the truth to suggest the possibility of someone applying, without any pre-thought explanation for it. Following is a brief review of some of the most common intentions people have, when applying to a school. First, I think people continue their studies, is that learning new things is such a satisfaction, especially for those with high intelligence. The wiser the person, the more thurst for learning and brain exercising. Studying for highly intelligent individuals can be interpreted as an adventure to unleash their latent talents. Honestly, I view myself as a smart woman and a few years ago I had this urge to apply for grad school. I felt like running on ice without the persuasion of any noticeable progress. But once I started studying again after 3 years of working in a restaurant, I thrived and flourished throughout my grad school years. On the other hand, it is so common for students, to apply for an undergrad or master's program, just to have more job opportunities in the future. Having a higher degree level can also yield higher mean income, or/and getting promoted. For example, many members of my father’s family have a master's degree. They have studied in their respective universities for more than fifteen years in order to find a better future. Although there are seemingly unmotivated students in universities, who seem to spite studying, personally, I think they too, have intentions, which have had been shed under emotional struggles, inside. Some say that when we are growing up as a kid, it is very important for us to be loved unconditionally. However, if not, we will ultimately begin struggling with imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a condition in which one feels not being enough, even at the peak of one's succession. For instance, when my friend, Parisa, defended her thesis with a full mark, she was not satisfied with her work nevertheless, which indirectly lead to her dropping out and grudging her classmates their delight. To sum it up, I think that some of us attend schools and even rank the 3 top GPAs in our class, without noticing that behind all this extreme work, is just the desperate tendency to be heard, seen, and praised. In conclusion, I am of the opinion that attending college brings about people having a brighter future. It's not possible to always distinguish the reasons behind one's decision and specifically categorize them. Overall, I think the most common explanation for applying to universities is having a better job, higher income, and thus, a better life ahead consequently.
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