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Harvest the Rewards of Higher Education

Updated By Allie Cuno on March 17, 2021

If you’re a gardener, now is your season of triumph. You are reaping the rewards of your summer’s labor. And I’m sure you’ve found the fresh-picked fruits and veggies harvested from your backyard are far superior to those bagged at the store.

Reaping the Rewards of an Education

Often, those who put forth the extra effort to earn a degree also reap greater rewards that may keep growing the rest of their lives. A New York Federal Reserve Bank’s Liberty Street Economics blog analyzed the returns from a college education. The study found that even though college continues to get more expensive, the financial benefits of earning a degree still make higher education a good investment. The data also indicates that college graduates tend to earn a substantial wage premium in the labor market. In fact, the current rate of return for a Bachelor’s degree is nearly 14%!1 Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in education pays the best.” It appears that 250 years later his wise advice is still relevant today.

Interested in living longer? A report from the Commission on Health found that those with more education are likely to live longer, experience better health outcomes, and practice better behaviors like exercise, avoiding smoking, and getting regular checkups. In fact, the data shows that college graduates can expect to live at least five years longer that those who haven’t finished high school.2

Get ready to reap some serious happiness!

But the benefits of an education go beyond a bigger paycheck and better health. Another study from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that five out of the 10 happiest states in the nation are also in the top 10 for educational attainment.3

Is it just a coincidence or could it be that a higher education really does lead to greater happiness? Bryan Cohen, author of The Post-College Guide to Happiness, believes there is a connection. He states that higher education gives people the opportunity to explore their passions. Graduates can use their educational experience to further pursue what they love to do. That’s why Cohen says, “educational attainment can lead to some serious happiness.”4

Reap what you sow.

To enjoy this serious happiness, you initially have to put forth some serious effort. With family, work, and personal commitments, it’s not easy. But just as a delicious watermelon is the end result of a huge amount of front-end work¬¬––months of watering, fertilizing, and weeding––so it is with your life. Happiness, financial rewards, and more job opportunities are often the result of substantial front-end work¬––earning your degree.

Don’t let the weeds take over!

Some will never realize their career potential because of their own “stinkin’ thinkin.’” If you keep telling yourself you can’t do it, you won’t. Or you may listen to well-meaning (or otherwise) friends and family who list all the reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t get a degree. Dig out the negativity in your life and start growing a future you can be proud of!

Plant your future on solid ground.

Just as a seed needs fertile soil to grow into a healthy plant, make sure you start with an educational plan of action that works best for you. An online education with 24/7 flexibility means you’re building a solid foundation for success because, unlike in-class attendance, you can study “around” work schedules and family commitments to earn your degree. It’s a doable plan you can stick to.

Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize.

Once you’re firmly planted in your program of study, make sure you take advantage of the support sources available to you. Just as plants need continual nurturing to grow, so do students! As a student at Independence University, you’ll have your own Success Team, a group of advisers and staff ready to help you every step of the way. Your enrollment also includes no-cost one-on-one tutoring. As a university that specializes in online learning, we’ve included the tools and services that foster student growth and success.

Bloom once you’re planted.

When you graduate, it’s your time to shine! Let us help. Our career services staff can help you––before and after graduation––to find a job in your chosen field.5 As a graduate, you are welcome to come back and audit classes within your degree program to stay on top of your game. Imagine … at no cost to you, you can update your job skills with relevant classes. This valuable lifetime benefit is available to all of our graduates!

Gardeners use the tools that will lead to an abundant harvest. Now you have the tools that could lead to an abundant life. Let’s start growing something spectacular!

Call (800) 917-6391 today to learn more about Independence University’s career-focused degree programs—from Associate’s to Master’s—earned 100% online with 24/7 anytime, anywhere flexibility. From healthcare and business to IT and graphic arts, we are eager to assist in finding the right degree program for YOU.

Allie Cuno is a human-interest writer for Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE).


  1. https://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2019/06/despite-rising-costs-college-is-still-a-good-investment.htm
  2. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/PDF/c270deb3-ba42-4fbd-baeb-2cd65956f00e/Issue%20Brief%206%20Sept%2009%20-%20Education%20and%20Health.pdf
  3. https://collegestats.org/2013/05/the-happy-state-of-college-graduates/
  4. https://libguides.tmcc.edu/c.php?g=362084&p=7655757
*The university does not guarantee a job. Gaining employment is the graduate’s responsibility.