Current Mood: Worthy by Jacob Banks
This past weekend I indulged in all of the festivities that come along with camping, while contemplating the true reason I decided to go to college. Your mind tends to wander while watching the flames dance in the purple glazed night to the sounds of mother nature. As crickets chirped and a calm breeze sifted through the leaves of the trees, my friends and I conversed about politics, reminisced last year’s camp festivities, pondered our personal goals and desires, and discussed why college was either necessary or not to our current lifestyle.
Growing up, education was one of two main goals my parents instilled in me. All through primary and secondary school, I had little or no chance to evade homework assignments or consider taking a gap year before college. This whole mantra “Your relationship with God and education are the two things no one can take away from you” was bitter-sweet in my development. Of course, I questioned my faith and pursuing a higher education was not always my primary focus, but sitting around my friends (some who attend college and some don’t) I dreamt of what my life would have been if I had taken a gap year or detoured from college. Would I contribute to the youth who spent so much time from school that the thought of going back is off-putting? Once the conversation shifted just as swiftly as the temperature drop, I finally brought the life back to the solemn conversation of life. Once the conversation built up some momentum, I finally released this question I had been holding in: the question of whether or not college is important. Does college change people for the better? Once the answers of for and against college flooded in, critiques of the educational system, the forever changing world, and the trade-offs of going to college were weighed against pursuing something that you’re passionate about without the assistance of college. The answers that flowed were as unpredictable flickering of flames in the pit. I reviewed my life. I dreamt of what my life would be if I did not go to college. I dreamt of the possibilities that I would have. I let the endless possibilities roam in my mind. And with each question, I realized for one, how grateful I was to actually attend a college. I realized that my life would be completely different, more negative than bad. I realized that I honestly would not have the blissful life I have now. I say this because my two years at Montgomery College has helped me grow as an individual. In college, I found myself. I never truly knew what I wanted to do and I knew that if I carried that mind-set with without attending college, my life would turnout different. Through these years of trials and tribulations from college, I have figured out my true passion. I learned so much more about subjects that are dear to me. And my current knowledge completely surpasses and exceeds my primary and secondary academia.
I personally think college should be free and that everyone should have the opportunity to attend. Reason being, you find yourself and immerse yourself with new possibilities and outcomes.
As always have a good week and spread some positivity.