Because you’re worth it

Gone are the holidays with family, food and a break from school. Returning to the pace of classes, homework and extracurricular activities may seem a bit daunting, but we believe you can do it. Whether a freshman or a returning student, you can get that degree.

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse,” Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, said.

We trust that you will get the hang of your new schedule and have time to see friends. We even believe you will turn in your class work on time and still have some free time to relax or enjoy a movie. We believe this because we want you to succeed, to be better today than you were yesterday.

We want this because we know you are capable of getting that degree. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics 71 percent of freshmen return to become sophomores and 60 percent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

“Elite is not a bad word it is an aspirational one,” Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter, producer and playwright, said.

This means that those who graduate with a degree become part of an elite group of people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are almost 7.5 billion people on the planet (that’s 7,500,000,000 people) and of those people, according to a study from Harvard and the Asian Development Bank, only 6.7 percent of the world’s population are college degree-holders or 502 million people.

“Trust yourself that you can do it and get it,” Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director, screenwriter and producer, said.

Of the 502 million degree holders, approximately 96 million are from the United States. Though that may make it seem like the whole United States has a degree, it is only 30 percent, and when you graduate, you become part of that elite group.

When a person goes for their Master’s degree, that’s an even smaller group, and for a Doctorate, the smallest group yet.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nobel Peace Prize winner and holder of a Bachelor’s degree, said.

You, as a college student, have the tools and resources to graduate and become more than you were the first day of class, carrying frozen food and ramen to your dorm. You can become anything you want to be; use Arkansas Tech University to its full advantage and take away from here more than you came with.

You can do it.