Women and the Power of a Higher Education part 4

A College Degree with a Side of Health

According to a study by the College Board, there are benefits to obtaining a college degree that go beyond career and slip into quality of life issues.12

Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher most often reported being in “excellent” or “very good health,” according to a 2005 report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.13 Those who finished college also reported being more active: more than 60% who were in the 25-35 age range said they exercised “vigorously” at least once a week, compared with only 31% of high school graduates who said the same. In terms of smoking, about 25% of those with no education beyond high school smoke, whereas only 10% of those with a college degree smoke.14

Truly, these statistics indicate what your instincts have been telling you all along: it’s time for a change. Forget the tattoo and the haircut. Obtaining a degree can leave a permanent mark for the good. Life can be like a box of chocolates. Unemployment doesn’t have to last indefinitely. And quicksand really is just a glorified pile of mud. It’s your time. It’s about you, who you are now, and what you owe you and your family in the future: a college degree.

12 College Board, Study: Higher Education Improves Quality of Life for Recipients, Society, Sept. 12, 2007 http://press.collegeboard.org/releases/2007/study-higher-education-improves-quality-life-recipients-society

13 CDC, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_232.pdf

14 Inside Higher Ed: The (Non-Monetary) Value of a College Degree, Sept. 13, 2007 http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/09/13/collegeboard