As I approached my house that cold February morning, I had a feeling that something was not right. I slowly brought my small red bicycle to a stop, then looked around to see if anything was unusual. Everything looked normal. The wind was softly blowing through the trees and snow was lightly falling on the hard, slippery path which led to my front door. Before I could take out my key, I noticed that the door was already open. I gently pushed on it and quietly stepped inside. “Mom, I’m home,” I called, expecting to hear my mother’s cheery voice in reply. There was no answer. I could smell roast turkey coming from the kitchen, so I started to walk in that direction. I could hear footsteps in the living room. “Mom, is that you?” I whispered. Silence. I turned my head in the direction of the sound. Then I saw something that made my heart stand still.
One of the biggest decisions a young person has to make is whether or not to attend college after high school graduation. It is very easy to get a job near your home town and start working. The paychecks come in quickly and before long, you become independent and can start buying things like cars, nice clothes, and other luxuries. But in the long run, are you really better off than those who have to struggle with tests, tuition and term papers? I doubt it. I firmly believe that even though college students have a lot of difficulties getting through school, they are much better prepared for life than those who never attend college or university.