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School Is Cool!

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 12:20 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Graduation Day!As your mother convinced you to apply to college after college and then attend one, she promised you that a degree would secure you more – more money, more opportunities, more job offers, more places to go. Of course, she imagined you majoring in law, going on to law school and becoming the first barrister in the family. You majored in philosophy, went on to Starbucks and became the first barista in the family. Your mother’s dreams of “more” came true only in the sense that you have access to unlimited coffee . . . until now. Because now, you can call your mother and tell her yes, college did give you more – more life.

According to a recent study, highly educated individuals live longer than their less educated counterparts. Those who have attended at least one year of college can expect to live to age 82. Those who didn’t move beyond high school have seven fewer years, dying on average at age 75. This discrepancy is attributed in part to the higher rates of obesity and smoking-related illnesses in the less educated populations . . . which isn’t you.

You’re feeling pretty cocky about that diploma right now, aren’t you?

Well, don’t get too excited, because this more is just like the other mores your mother promised you. It only happens if you set yourself on the right path. That means you have to use the knowledge and resources available as a result of your education to further your health. Make decisions, like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and avoiding nasty habits, to maximize your own wellbeing. Your degree implies that you know something – that you have been taught. Prove it.

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