Why Do I Attend University?
Every summer hundreds of thousands of young students attend the college entrance examination, fighting hard to be among the lucky ones to enter universities. But have this large crowd asked themselves such a question: why do you want to go to university? It is dangerous if so many people try so hard to do something without clear purposes. For me, going to university can fulfill three important purposes.
The most direct motive for going to university is to secure a good job in the future. With the largest population in the world, China is certainly to be a gathering place of labor force. When there is more than enough labor force, one has to be extraordinary in order to succeed in the job market. As not all young people can go to university now, an education experience in university is sure to guarantee some advantages. If you open a classified advertisement, you may find that most of the well-paying jobs require a university degree or higher. Therefore, without university education, I cannot possibly find a decent job to support myself and my family.
Besides good job and income, a more important motive for going to university is to acquire knowledge. Since high school I have become increasingly interested in learning knowledge. I was usually fascinated by what teachers taught in various classes, and this curiosity drives me to know more. I have found that things taught in high school are just on very basic level. If I want to dig deeper, the best place is here at university. With the help of professors and books, I can learn the knowledge more thoroughly and systematically. I won't be satisfied with my life unless I can satisfy my curiosity for knowledge in university.
The most profound motive for going to university is to make some contributions. Due to the influence of my parents, I do not just want to just support myself in the society; I also want to do something for the society. Of course I don't have to go to university in order to make this contribution, but I find that more education can surely help me do it better. History reveals that those who have made more contributions are invariably better educated. Great figures like Newton, Einstein are all well educated. How can I make more contributions without university education?
Therefore, three motives drive me into the gate of my university. I come here for a good job, for more knowledge, and most importantly, for better contributions. I am sure with the knowledge I learn here, I will achieve the three purposes. And I am also sure that other people will also find university education rewarding to their life.