28 thoughts on “Education

  1. I Believe in the Potential of People
    When I got my schedule for my senior year of high school, I was alarmed to see that there were absolutely no science related classes on it. I immediately set up an appointment with my guidance counselor to change this, where she told me that there was only one science class with open seats left: CP freshman and sophomore marine biology. I had only taken honors and AP classes before this, so I did not think I was going to learn much. Albeit a lousy option, I decided to take the class. My assigned seat was behind a boy named Chris, who was quite reserved, and never active in class. Around three months went by and I realized I never spoke to him.
    With about a month left in the class, my teacher told us to come up and look at our grades. My lab partner and I were doing well, so we sat back down without a problem. After Chris sat back down, I overheard him telling his lab partner that he had a fourteen (yes you read that right) in the class, and that he was definitely going to fail, and that it might be better for him to just drop out of school altogether.
    When the next lab day came, we asked Chris and his partner to join us as a group of four just to get their grades up. I never thought I would bond with people while dissecting a squid, but meeting these boys was eye-opening. Chris opened up to me and told me that he did not have a very good home life. He His family does not think he can succeed in school, and he has never been supported by them. It broke my heart when he told me about his dreams to become a teacher to help kids like him, but he did not think he could ever make it a reality. Come to find out a few of his friends were going through similar experiences. One girl told me that her mom got into a motorcycle accident that left her with severe brain trauma. I remember her crying while telling me “God took away my mother, and left me with someone else.” My lab partner and I began doing all of our labs with Chris and his friends. A couple of them were actually really bright, catching on to concepts faster than me.
    In the end, Chris ended up passing the class, and I learned that being in a CP class can teach you things that no AP class ever could.

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    • Hi Rachel,
      I loved reading your story. It’s amazing to know what we can learn from other people in our lives. I hope you continue this in any fashion throughout your college experience here. Great read!

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  2. I believe that every single person has both the civic right and moral obligation to give their utmost efforts to leave the world a better place than it was before.
    That probably sounds a bit cliche and cheesy, right?
    Obviously no individual human can have THAT much of an impact on society, and it takes a lot more than will alone to truly make a noticeable difference. But I believe that our society has been lacking in both passion and ambition for the past many years, and the planet is in desperate need of more people who want to not just live in the world, but to make it a better place; not just go through the motions of daily life, but actively improve the daily lives for everybody across the globe; not just partake into society, but to leave a lasting impact, to the absolute best of your ability.
    Call it ambition, call it idealism, call it optimism. Whatever you want to call it, its a belief that has taken me quite a long time to fully develop and materialize, I truly hope that sharing my experience of coming to this conclusion will help others do the same.

    When I was in high school, I was never quite certain what I wanted to do with my life. I had known for a while that I wanted to pursue a career in STEM, and I have always held a passion for science and the natural world since I was very young. Beyond that, though, I never had any particularly concrete plans.
    For a while, I wanted to go into oceanography and marine biology. During high school, I attended a vocational school, where students pursued a technical skill in addition to regular academic work. My technical area was biotechnology, since it matched quite strongly with my plans to pursue a career in science. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as planned. As I learned a variety of laboratory skills and procedures over my years in biotechnology, I never felt particular engrossed in what we were doing, and much of it began to feel less like a passion and more like a chore. By the time junior year rolled around, I had come to a conclusion: biology just wasn’t for me.
    At that point, my future plans felt a bit less certain. While I was still planning on pursuing a college education and eventual career in STEM, I wasn’t really sure where my passions lied. Throughout my later years of high school, however, things took a radical turn for the better.
    During my junior year, I enrolled in AP Statistics through my high school, and senior year I took AP Calculus. With both of these classes, my seemingly-lost passion for STEM was immediately reignited. I was never particularly passionate about math prior to my junior year, but once I took these two classes, I found an incredibly strong passion for math and statistics, and realized that that is what I wanted to pursue a career in.

    You’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with my original statement about changing the world? Well, here is how it all connects.

    Outside of school, I began to get more active and aware about the happenings in my community and the world as a whole. I began to volunteer more with local organizations and self-educated myself more on current events and affairs globally. It was this informal type of self-education that really helped me realize: the world is not that great. Beyond the obvious looming threats of climate change, poverty, disease, and war, I realized that one of the most insidious and widespread pandemics was simply lack of ambition. Too many people lived their lives just going through the motions, too many people viewed their job as a chore instead of a passion, and too many people just didn’t seem to care about all of the aforementioned threats. The idea of going to school, finishing college, and just merging into this depressing corporate workforce was honestly terrifying.

    It was shortly after that I realized something: I didn’t have to do that.
    I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in STEM, and that’s what ultimately lead me to UMass Dartmouth. I’m dual-majoring in Math and Data Science, and once I finish my undergraduate years here, my eventual goal is to pursue graduate school and a career in research. But I don’t want to do this just for the price tag; I want to do it because I am passionate about it.
    Unfortunately, many other people don’t share this same passion for what they do. A lot of people just go to college because it’s “where you go after high school”, and are unable to pursue their real passions.

    This ties into my original statement because I believe that the lack of passionate workers in our society has left us with a generation of apathetic citizens who are either unable to or simply unwilling to really put forth the effort to make a lasting change. Climate change has accelerated to the point where it is now, not because people don’t care about the environment, but because our society makes environmental preservation a chore. It’s inconvenient at best and entirely inaccessible at worst for many people to live a perfectly eco-friendly lifestyle. Poverty and global hunger are as prevalent as they are for the same reasons: society has conditioned people into apathy, and too many people live with the mindset that “someone else will change that”.

    But that is not the mindset of progress. That is the mindset for people who are fine with the status quo, and don’t see any problems with the world as it is today. This mindset is all too common, and seems to only becoming even more prevalent. I believe that people are not naturally born with this mindset; it is a mindset that is molded by a society where profits are valued over passion, and compliance is seen as superior to creativity. I believe that in order for mankind to truly solve some of these problems and make the world a better place, every single person bears not the burden, but the obligation to make their contributions. The world has been too apathetic for too long. I believe it’s time to change that.

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  3. I would like to advantage of the opportunities that my mother could have had and I also think education is the key to success. I grew up with my mother and my grandmother, there was never a permanent father figure around to support us. My mother came to America from Liberia at around the age of six and had me when she was fifteen years old . After that, she had the choice to finish school and go to college but decided to stay home, go to work and raise me instead and because of that, my mom isn’t living the best life that she could have lived. For a long time I figured college was not the path for me. At the age of 7, my younger brother was born and has looked up to me ever since as a role model. After that I realized that I need to do this for him and most importantly me. I believe that me furthering and completing my education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could show my brother that he can do it and make my mother proud.

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    • Hi Alexis,
      I agree that we must take the advantages of our parents and move further beyond them. My mom always says to do what she could not and so education is on that list. So my goal is to do better than my parents and give the same opportunity to my kids later in life. Great post!

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    • It’s similar to taking advantage of the opportunities we are given but it’s almost as if when we do this we are showing those it is possible and showing those who didn’t have the same opportunities that you will complete this for yourself and them because they weren’t able to. If you have a support system and someone to push you it will cause you to put more work in and be determined to persevere through everything.

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  4. To me, education is one of the upmost important things a child could have nowadays. I remember taking my AP U.S History class back in my sophomore year of high school, learning about how back in the mid 1800s, there would be only a slight percentage of people who were able to attend a school and achieve an education. After learning about that, I realized that nowadays everyone can have an education. The best part about that, is that no matter where you came from, or how you were raised, we all find school to be that safe haven. That place where the things that go on in your family life can be left behind. From that, the people around you, like those in your graduating class, or the new freshman coming into the school, come together as one united family. That’s how it was like at my high school. We were only a school of less than 600 students, and when it came to it, you basically saw the same people everyday. The same faces, the same clicks of kids talking, and the same teachers that just sat outside their classes and greeted you as you entered their room. That’s what everyone is able to have nowadays, and that’s the special thing about being able to receive that education. Even then, after the school day is over with, the clubs you’re in become another family, like a mini family almost. You see, in my senior year of high school, I was in seven clubs altogether, and doing eight things after school. Everyday, I was at the school from 7:30 each morning to about 6 at night. So even with my AP classes that year, I always looked positively and maintained an awesome relationship with each person in every one of my clubs. That’s the beauty of high school and the education it brings. Yes you learn, and yes you put time in and time out into the work, but at the end of the day, you realize that the family you get while in your classes, or in your clubs, makes it all worth it. I remember my last few days of high school, saying goodbye to the teachers, and all the underclassmen and just thinking that this is it. It made me reflect on all the memories I’ve made over the years. That’s when I realized that this is why we have an education, to both learn, and to have fun with those around you and make memories that will last for a life time. Then you go to college and start it all over again. And let me tell you all, I can’t wait.

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  5. I believe education is the greatest gift we have. It is the foundation of everything we are. You are brought into this world by the work of those before you who learned how to do so. You grow, eyes wide and mind like a sponge, hungrily grasping at every aspect of the world to make sense of. Once taught, you too shall teach the next. We come together to celebrate the works of those long since passed in hopes of learning something new from them. Now, this all sounds like quite the motivational speech so far, I do suppose. I do not write these claims simply because I am a shiny faced child who still believes that the world is inherently good and just – I say them because I know them in my heart as truths. I have been raised in a house that cherishes knowledge. A mother who entered meetings and doctors’ offices with coat pockets lined with information as armor against their dismissals. A father who loved to buy broken things just to figure out how to fix them. An older brother who thrives off ancient texts and teachings as if they were his oxygen. I grew up with a twin brother by my side who could calculate faster than anyone I knew, and who would spend hours just tinkering to try and find a new, better way of doing things. I live in a house built from education, book by book, and it is my greatest gift.

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    • Good evening Shaelyn,

      I agree with your post regarding education solely because education is also cherished in my household due to the knowledge it brings. My mother and my father are firm believers that education can get you to the ends of the world in terms of a job and life in general. So yes my life is a book of knowledge, ever increasing in page number the more I learn. I hope you gain some knowledge from college as well as I. Thank you for the read.

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  6. When many people, hear the word “education”, their mind most likely thinks only of school and classes. They think of all the work that had to be done for seemingly no other reason than because they were told to practice the development of knowledge. If parents tell their child to go to school they go. If they told the child to learn a new skill, they practice. At first it seems as though it’s all for not, but eventually, once that child reaches a certain point in their maturity, they begin to criticize their learning. Why are they learning, what is the purpose of it? They realize the reason for that constant pressure to learn put on them by family and society.
    First of all, one can’t limit the word education to mean simply schooling and books. Education means more than that. It means to learn and grow in all aspects of life. For example, someone might be great at math and the sciences, but should pick up some form of art as well and push themselves to grow in a new branch of knowledge. Maybe someone is both artistically and academically proficient but doesn’t do enough physical activity. Get up and learn an athletic skill, like boxing, kayaking, weight training, biking. Furthermore, learn a practice, a trade, such as woodworking, pottery, and gardening. There is no limit to the things one can accomplish and learn.
    A rule that I personally try to follow is to try to learn three new things in addition to my normal education. First try to learn something that will make you stronger and healthy, something that will make you more artistic and/or more academically smart, and finally some kind of trade that is both useful and relaxing to learn. I have come to the conclusion that the pursuit of knowledge simply makes life not only easier, but much more enjoyable and pleasant. Not only do you now have more knowledge to solve problems quicker and easier, but you also find enjoyment in learning and the journeys they take you on, both small and large, and the people you meet on your path to greater knowledge. Education isn’t a burden it’s a privilege. Though it can be difficult at times to continue in that pursuit of knowledge at time, it will inevitably bring only good when used properly.

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    • I really like the rule you set for yourself to try and learn three new things in addition to required studies. It’s really important to expose yourself to different things as you could wind up falling in love with something you never would have expected, and you could end up meeting new people along the way. Just from reading your post I already want to go out and try and learn new things to try and better myself.

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    • I agree with how you expanded the meaning of “education” further than a classroom. I like your example of riding a bike or learning pottery. While we don’t think of those skills as education, they are. It’s always good to learn new things.

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  7. Ignorance is truly bliss.

    Before learning about the economical fragments left by America’s past, or the injustice of rapists in the court systems, I believed life would be kind, liberating, and care-free. It is extremely disappointing to know my younger self would dread getting her license, diploma, or freedom to society’s toxicity. The baffling feeling to my shielded views lie within the education system below university: things high school failed to teach. How to balance a check, pay taxes, get wine out of white clothing (although WikiHow is quite resourceful)- all I have yet to learn.

    I’m just one of many that’s been blinded by a corrupt system of learning useless information and protecting the knowledge of how to survive. Calculus and animal cells have blocked the craving for real life adventures instead of acknowledging the importance of #MeToo in current culture. Regardless of how I’ve come to know and not, there are other places which have this information limited to a higher extent. Imagine how fast wars could end if countries learned to teach kindness instead of bloodshed. Having a knowledgeable leader in chair might encourage the discovery of cancers. Let’s shine light on how learning real life information will be more beneficial to us all.

    Until there is a change, or I learn more from the system that’s failed me at such a young age, I’ll remain doubtful and uneducated on what I need most.

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  8. I believe that at least once in every person’s life, they need to explore surroundings other than where they live. Whether this means traveling to the next state over or all the way across the world, I believe that opening the mind to explore new ways and cultures educates and builds creativity. Yes, social media may be able to give an idea as to what may be out there, but until someone has really dove into a new environment with new people and new ways of life, they will never understand how other people’s lives can be vastly different from their own. For example, I have traveled out of the country on multiple occasions and each occasion was different than I had expected it to be. When I traveled to Spain, I didn’t realize how different they do the same activities as us. Whether it was simply eating at a restaurant or learning about a “siesta,” they were different than what I had expected. I believe that everyone should experience time away in order to expand their knowledge on the world as a whole and experience ways of life that are different than what we are used to. If I had never traveled the world, I would most likely consider myself a close-minded person. After having the incredible opportunity to venture to new places, I find myself wanting to learn and experience more and more everyday. Traveling has shaped me into a better person, and I strongly believe that it would have the same effect on others, as well.

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  9. Growing up I was taught about the benefits of education and how much it could better people’s lives. As a first generation Dominican-American and college student I understood the importance of it. My parents always instilled that importance of furthering our education whether its through college or trade school. They always wanted us to better our lives through education. At first I couldn’t understand why education was so important, until I realized that my parents weren’t able to receive the best education in the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, the Dominican Republic is a third world country, which leaves the whole country at a disadvantage because of their lack of resources. My parents weren’t able to go to college because of their financial struggles and lack of resources.That’s why they moved to the United States of America, just so that their kids could have better opportunities than the ones that were given to them. For that I’m forever grateful for the people who raised me because they have inspired me to become the woman that I am today. That consists of getting a higher education to become a therapist for younger children. In conclusion, I strive to better my life through education so that I can give my family a better life. I believe that I can achieve greater opportunities through an education.

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  10. Education has been seen by some people that it is a part of life, that everyone has to go through with it or even called a “privilege”. To me, I see education as a basic right. Out of the 7, almost 8 billion people on the planet, about 44% of them are considered educated. This percentage includes the people who obtain a degree from a 2 or 4-year degree program or have completed a vocational program. That means 4.2 billion people aren’t considered “educated” by a societal standard, which means they didn’t have the privilege to think beyond what’s happening right in front of them. I know it’s been drilled into some of our heads that “knowledge is power” but the crazy thing is that it’s true. Without knowledge, we wouldn’t even be going to this school.
    In the not so distant past, people weren’t educated on so many things like carbon emissions, mental health or even the importance of basic hygiene. Without this knowledge people couldn’t help but bring the planet to the point it is at with suffering from climate change, having social stigmas that haven’t been broken yet or a place where disease spread like wildfire because people don’t understand the importance of washing their hands. We get set into an uphill battle of trying to fix the mistakes of the past so the future is something that is secured. With what we all hope to learn here that the people before us didn’t, it doesn’t become a matter of we might change the world but instead, a matter of we will change the world.

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  11. I believe that we live in a very solid time, in which such a staggeringly high amount of people have access to formal education. Go back 100 years or so, and it is apparent how far education has been able to reach, and the opportunities given to people that might otherwise not have been possible. Education is a very powerful tool that helps to equip people with the skills and knowledge required to further their success in life, and it goes so much deeper than just being better at math, or understanding the skeletal structures of various mammals; it teaches work ethic, cooperation, creativity, integrity, and many other character-building attributes, you just have to put in the work. And with the wide range of access education has achieved, more and more people are taking advantage of this, and more and more people are finding success. I know a fair few people who weren’t the most monetarily affluent but were otherwise very bright-minded and deserving of success, each of which took as many liberties as they could from their education, putting in time and effort, and in return being rewarded for it. These people (of which most were first-generation college students) are living very comfortably now, either in high-yielding jobs, or prestigious schools in which they will no-doubt achieve their goals. I would consider it a hope of mine that education becomes increasingly wide-spread, ultimately being accessible by all, bringing out the best minds across the globe, as I believe that everyone deserves such an opportunity.

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  12. I believe that education is a communal effort. It is one thing to be able to absorb and interpret information learned from a textbook, and indeed that is an admirable skill, but it is another thing entirely to be able to share your knowledge with others. It is said that the best way to know that you have mastered a concept is to be able to teach it yourself, and that could not be truer. Not only that, but if a person is willing and able to share their knowledge, the entire community is better off for it. Confucius, an ancient Chinese philosopher, said “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Education is a cycle. Education leads to peace, which in turn leads to a new wave of education. Through education, and more importantly proper access to education, we ensure that we are always learning, growing, and ultimately leaving a positive impact on society. Of course, education is not always linear. We forget concepts and ideas. We sometimes learn faster or take in more information than we can handle. But education is a path, a goal with an end clearly in sight. The difficulty of pursuing an education is also what makes it valuable. The fact that we as students recognize the significance of our goals as well as our ability to achieve them is what makes it valuable. Education is most certainly about community, but it is also about what we can learn from ourselves.

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  13. Each and every day the world around us changes. We develop new technology and develop new ideas that only progress us as a society. At a young age, I found a particular interest in computers. I loved the idea of being able to create and find things at any given moment. I enjoyed the idea that I could enjoy precious moments not only in real life with my friends and family but also online. I fathomed being able to play games so realistic I could compare it to real life. As I grew up I learned more and more about the technology we create and eventually I decided to pursue it in school and at home. I eventually ended up learning about computers and building multiple over the past few years of my life, and while certainly difficult, provided me with a generous amount of experience and skills that are critical to how I want to live my life. Many people say that the technology we develop is changing our world for the worse, but some of us think the opposite. I believe the things we create, while not always safe or environmentally friendly, are the rocky road to being the society we see ourselves as. We all want to see the world grow and advance in many different ways with widely varying views of how it should go, but I believe that the technological advancements and the education of them are the most important. We find many of our previous sciences being refined and improved by the ever-growing technology we produce. Things such as our refrigerators and cars are being changed to better suit our interests and environmental ideas. What people see as harmful to our generation and those to come, only improve what we already have, and that’s the way we genuinely want it to be. I understand that while not everything we create may represent what all of us want, we each have our individual ideas, and it’s up to us now to make them happen. We each have the power and ability to be what we want and create what we want, and we can be the change we want to see.

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  14. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up with my family members performing on stage and writing their own songs. When I was seven years old, I began playing the piano, and in fourth grade, I started playing the viola. At first, it was just something to do, and it didn’t mean more until my senior year when the music program in my town was threatened. The high school had already gone through numerous orchestra teachers and now music groups in the middle school were in trouble of being cut because of scheduling conflict. It was then that I realized how important music is to me. In my school, the orchestra is very small. There were only about forty kids and I had a leading role in the group. We were all from different backgrounds, different beliefs, different grades, but when we played together, we all had something in common. We made music together. Music is not just something to listen to on a long car ride and a song is not just something that goes along with a scene in a movie. Music is a universal language that we all speak. It’s something we all understand. We can all relate to the pain of a sad song or the happiness that comes with a love song. That’s why it breaks my heart when I see music programs being threatened across the country. Instead of cutting these programs because they don’t bring in money like sports do or because not enough kids take part, we need to realize that kids benefit socially, academically, and emotionally. I belief in the power of music, because without it, we’d all be lost in some way and car rides would be extremely awkward.

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  15. I believe in the importance of education. Being the first person in my immediate family to have the ability to go to college, it was always ingrained in me to go to school and further my education. While there are tons of valid options for after high school, they were never really true options for me. I have known since I was in middle school that after high school, I would be going to college immediately after. Education, no matter what level, is important to anyone, and should be available to anyone who wants it. Being educated can be the difference between one type of life and the next, and can make or break one’s beliefs. Education is a valuable resource, because it is one of the most powerful things in this world. It has the ability to shape someone’s future, to spark change, and even affect political climates. I believe in the importance of education simply because I have seen its effect on multiple people in my life. Their degrees helped them to get out of situations that were not the most conducive to having the type of successful life as they could. Their educations gave them the choices and chances it takes to better their lives. This ability to have a choice of job, of living environment further helps them to live a life that they are happy with. Getting an education is often difficult, takes a good amount of time, and may even cost thousands of dollars. However, finally finishing and completing the necessary things to get a degree, certificate, etc., is to me, worth all of the stress and worry that comes with completing this endeavor. It’s worth it because in my opinion, having a say in how you live your life and being able to live comfortably is one of the greatest things a person can have.

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  16. People talk about education and how it is a right for all of us to have and the importance that we need to do to emphasize it to younger people.However, I believe that it is something all people need to pay attention to. The world constantly changes, bringing with it new scientific discoveries, new species, and new experiences. We all have been taught that 2 + 2 = 4 and that is right, math if finite sometimes. However, people forget that when they left school 4 or maybe 20 years ago the way they were taught or something they had an interest in changed drastically. They don’t try to keep up with the way people change a field or revolutionize how a subject works. Going to learn and getting more education whether that be at a local college to take a class or two, or go to the library to use a journal, it’s up to us to make sure we remain the well educated adults that we once were. It’s difficult to look in the mirror and say we need to change how we think, and that the things we do on instant might not be the best way anymore. Learning is never easy to do and takes time to fully do. Doctors constantly learn new ways to help patients and learn new medicine to help others. This is them re-educatuing themselves not because they may want to, but they do it in interest of the patient. Education is simply helping yourself it’s helping everyone else. Education is a right but not just for you but for others surrounding you.

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  17. Education is the formula to someone’s future. You’re life is based off of your education in any craft or career you pursue. The more you know and are capable of doing anything you are held at a higher standard than others. If a mechanic wants to join a union that mechanic has to work it’s ass off and know exactly what it has to do and expand its knowledge in anything mechanic related in order to move up in his line of work. In society education is a way to gauge someones capability and value, although I don’t necessarily agree with this but THATS AMERICA BABY! A more educated and skillful coder will get the job over someone who is a rookie. This system creates a motive or a drive to learn as much as possible and work as hard as you can in order to get a higher paying job in a higher position. There are labor intensive jobs that don’t require much schooling but definitely look for experience. If a job isn’t looking for school education they look for work experience which is also education, Education on how to be the most efficient or how to manage others. Education is fundamental to ones success. In my case I want to learn as much as I can about the arts and work on my skills and abilities. My goal is to strive to be the best version of me and always give it all I got in order to excel in my path.

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  18. I believe education is one of the most important things. Education not only helps society grow, but also eliminates other issues. For example, global warming is a major issue today. Global warming can be lessened if we stop burning so much fuel or buying so many products. The rate at which we burn fuel and buy products would be lessened if our population was not as large. Right now, many women in third world countries use sex to get money just to live. They also don’t have the money for birth control, so the population in these places is always growing. With a good education, this can be stopped. Girls in third world countries should be able to get an education just like you and me. Once they get an education, they can get a job and won’t have to turn to other ways for money. This could reduce the growth of our population, which would in turn reduce the amount of products bought. This would reduce the rate of global warming. It all starts with education. One way for this to happen would be to fund for schools and teachers in these developing countries. Those kids are no different from you and me, but since they were born in a different country, they do not have the same options we have. There is no reason why these young kids must live in a world where they can only be one thing. In developed countries, we have the privilege to get a good education and become anything we want. They do not have this privilege. The only way for them to grow and become anything is to teach them everything. Education is a powerful tool and everyone should have the chance to learn.

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    • Strongly agree, Education is the source everyone needs and with it we can end ignorance to important issues in the world such as global warming.

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  19. Education has always been a main focus of my life since I started school. I have never studied a lot or been someone who gets their work done right away, but I have always thought of myself as a quick learner and an efficient worker. School has never been something I liked, but I always made sure I was trying my hardest even when I felt too overwhelmed to get anything done. Neither of my parents attended college, and my brother only went for 1 semester before deciding that school was not for him. I feel like getting my degree is something that I should really try my best at since my family was not as fortunate as I am to have this opportunity.
    As much as I didn’t like it, getting good grades and taking AP classes was the best way to make me feel like I was accomplishing something with my future. I am not a creative person at all, so English was never my strongest subject, and I have always just been horrible at science. Math and history is where I believe I really excelled in school, which is why I chose to major in accounting because I like to work with numbers and math is one of the few things I seem to be good at.
    I really want to secure a good future for myself and make my family proud by getting my degree, so I want to make it my goal for this semester and in the future to really put in 100% in school. If I had done this in high school my scholarships would have been more money, I could’ve taken more AP’s and gotten higher scores on the ones I did take. This is a second chance for me to really prove to myself what I can do, so I’m not going to mess this up again.

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  20. Ever since I was a kid, I had many good sources of advice and education. From my parents to relatives and friends, I was always surrounded by support and good people. My main experience that really shaped who I am today was the learning of the Martial Arts. I started my training when I was around five years old and trained until I was seventeen. Those twelve years taught me a lot about myself and more importantly, presented who I will be. Martial Arts as typically seen, is viewed as a brick breaking, high kicking activity but in reality, is a teacher of effort, etiquette, character, sincerity, and self-control. My Senseis taught me that without these key characteristics, I will never be a true Martial Artist. As I trained here for more than a decade, they taught me the key principles of discipline and how to apply it to the real world. Discipline and the five main rules of the school, heavily impacted my character path and who I turned out to be so far. As how important is the mental part of Martial Arts, there is also the physical part of the Martial Arts. I was not always the tallest or the biggest kid in a crowd so felt that in situations where I had to defend myself, I did not have the advantage. Once I started training and becoming more invulnerable to hits and knowing what to do when defending myself, it gave me more confidence knowing that if I need to defend myself against anybody, I would know exactly how to properly handle it. Martial Arts has been a very important part of my life including all my teachers who helped me train and mentally and physically progress to what I want to be.

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