There are many reasons to pursue higher education. First and foremost, I believe learning should be at the top of any list of reasons. After all, why would one enroll in and attend college if they didn’t want to learn? A desire for and love of learning should always be the top reason for schooling of any kind. College is also supposed to prepare you for the world of work by teaching you to think critically.
Beyond that, you should think about what you will do after school is over. What kind of a job do you want, and what will your career look like? What skills will you need to enter that career and get that first job? It’s impossible to know the future, and things will change, but it helps if you have a plan in mind for where you want to go in your career. Then you can use that plan to gauge whether a school can help you get there.
Besides learning and career skill-building, the people you meet will also be important. It’s wise to think about the kind of networking opportunities attending a specific school would provide. Organizing your thinking around what you hope to get out of school will help inform your choices going forward.