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Reasons to Graduate From High School

by Sara Ipatenco, studioD

If you don't enjoy high school and dread attending classes each day, you might be wondering what could be so bad about dropping out. There are many reasons why you should stay in school until graduation day. Weighing these advantages against the numerous disadvantages of not earning a diploma might motivate you to stay on to the finish.

Expanded Opportunities

Most colleges and technical schools will not admit you without a high school diploma. If you hope to pursue a specific career, such as web developer, mental health counselor or financial consultant, higher education generally is a must. Further, people without a high school diploma are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who complete at least four years of college, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center. High school graduates earn an average of $143 more a week than those who don't finish. Go on to college, and you'll earn an average of $479 more a week than high school dropouts.

Better Jobs

Almost all jobs that pay more than minimum wage require a high school diploma. Without it, you're more likely to be stuck in dead-end jobs with no chance of promotion or pay increases. According to the Center for Public Education, high school dropouts are less likely to receive health benefits and retirement plans from any job they are able to secure. With a high school diploma or, even better, a college or technical degree, you're more likely to land a job that provides a higher salary as well as health insurance and retirement benefits.

More Opportunities

A high school diploma also offers more lifetime opportunities outside of the job sector. You're more likely to live above the poverty line, which means you'll be able to apply for loans to buy a home or pay for higher education. You won't be as likely to need public assistance, either. With a high school diploma, you're more likely to live in a neighborhood with a low crime rate and to stay out of trouble with the law yourself. In the U.S., 82 percent of prisoners are high school dropouts, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center.

Additional Incentives

Graduating from high school will help boost your confidence and self-esteem. It also helps protect your physical health, because you're more likely to have access to medical care and have the funds to pay for it. When you graduate, you're also a role model to younger siblings, other relatives and friends, and that might encourage them to stay in school. Finishing high school gives you the chance to learn a variety of things. The more you learn, the more well-rounded you'll be. You'll also increase the odds of discovering something you're passionate enough about to dedicate your life to it.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.

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