98 thoughts on “Education

  1. “You have one primary job in this point in your life, being a student,” that is what I was always told. It was engraved in my mind from that poster hanging in my kitchen. Of course I still believe that, but for some reason I always thought that this meant I had to make sacrifices in order to achieve academic excellence. Due to this I was so focused on school that I never made time to do what I liked or to spend time with people who are important to me. This was realized far too late when I was assigned to write a poem on a time during high school where I learned a life lesson from a field trip, spending time with others, or any other impacting experience. Throughout high school I didn’t really seem to care whether I socialized outside of school or not, so I had really struggled on this assignment. It seems that indifference played a huge role in my life up until now. As long as I was doing well academically I didn’t really care if I was social. Despite figuring out how this was a mistake I still plan to make my academics one of my top priorities, I have worked too hard to give everything up now. However, I plan to have some balance concerning academics and my personal life. I want to make sure that from this point on I can become a better person from my experience and the lesson I learned from high school.

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    • Definitely can relate to you Sarah! I was often picked on throughout my life for not having the social skills to make friends easily. My education was and still is the most important thing in my life, however I have slowly learned to conquer my social anxiety as I got jobs and made my way out into the real world. Best of luck to you, I really hope you can also achieve a good social life as well!

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      • Its good to hear Haley that you have conquered your fears and have ventured out. Keep on venturing out.

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    • Great to hear of your prior academic success! I too plan to manage my time and maintain a healthy/wise balance for college. Good luck in school, Nicholas Raad.

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    • I agree with your belief statement Sarah, academics isn’t everything but its a big thing. I believe that there has to be some sort of balance or even keel between school work, and friends. I also feel that the easier it is for someone to balance school work and friends the better person they will be.

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    • The real key to this point in our lives is to find that perfect balance between being a student and still being a person; and for most of us, being an employee.

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    • Sarah, I used to be like this my first two years of high school. Like yourself, I realized I may have been too focused on school when I was assigned a similar writing piece. Its amazing just how much that assignment made me realize. Since then I have become much better at balancing school and social life. Glad to hear you are too!

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    • Education is not an end goal, but a tool. Use it to master your own world and define your path, not the other way around.

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    • I agree with everything you said. Our education is extremely important and we should definitely focus on being successful. While focusing on our education we need to make sure to spend time with friends and family, which is also very important.

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    • I also struggled with the school-life balance. I was always pushed by my parents to do well academically, but in doing so, I sacrificed some of my social life. It took me a long time to realize that while education is the #1 priority, having a life outside of school is a close second.

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    • Time management is key in college, make sure you ace it. You always have to make sure you throw in fun days, it’s what keeps everyone sane. Hope for the best and good luck!

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    • I remember hearing those same words from my parents, glad to see some people with a similar experience, good luck in your future academic ventures!

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  2. “My life on education”
    My name is Josthel Pires, from the islands of Cape Verde. First time I moved in to the country of America, I didn’t knew any English. I would sit home and watch sponge Bob everyday which is five months before I started school, till I started figuring out the words myself. Education has always been my plan, because in my country no one has education so I decided long time ago that I will take advantage of the chance I have. I have failed plenty of times but giving up is never the plan, to do it all over again is a must. My life I want it with you better future and education and my family has helped me. As I grew up I wasn’t so smart but trying my best is what can be a worth of a time. The most doubted child in the family is me, but I always wanted better things to do with my life, Education and my family is all I have. My dad once told me ” there’s always steps you got to take, just like how you took the first step but you won’t be able to count them as you grow, but just know where you stepping”, and my point is that education hashelped me to step in a better place.

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    • I really liked your writing. I relate to a lot of this as my parents went through something similar but were never able pursue a college education. Hope you achieve all your goals.

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    • Josthel, I loved reading your thoughts on education. I’m inspired by your writing because I personally think that students today don’t appreciate the opportunities given to them educationally. Kids today often fool around in class and do the bare minimum in class instead of taking advantage of the knowledge sitting in front of them, unlike you. I wish you luck and admire your outlook!!

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    • That was a great story Josthel. Education is truly power, the more smarter you are the better off you will be. Also I was a SpongeBob fan when I was younger to.

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    • While most Americans don’t want to admit it, we need people like you to take advantage of our education system. We struggle to appreciate all the things we have because we’ve never been without them.

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    • Hey man, glad you managed to live your dream and get your education! Everyone wants to do better things with their life, but its good to hear someone actually went out and did it, especially cause it probably wasn’t easy. Respect, man.

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  3. Applying to College was my best decision I have ever made and it wasn’t for the people in my life then I don’t think I would continue to live with my passion of becoming a High School History Teacher. Education is not just about going to school everyday sit in a classroom and take notes it’s about the interactions and altercations you have with the people around you. Graduating high school I realized that the best part of it was me being with all of them and looking at all the same traits we had. All of my friends I made in a TRIO program called Salem State University Upward Bound. Till the day I die I will never forget this program or the people I have met. Upward Bound taught me that Education is not all about note taking and listening to lectures it’s about being able communicate and speak to others as if they are your friends being able to give a presentation have a normal conversation. Best part about Education and going to school is that one day you will be the Educator and that’s what this coming 4 years of my life i’m going to dedicate myself too. Being able to go from the student to the teacher. Life isn’t fair to everybody but in some shape or form education is for everyone. It’s the key to the heart and should not be taken advantage of.

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    • I think its great Marcus that you want to become a history teacher. Ever since I can remember History has been my favorite subject. There’s something about history that I just find so fascinating.

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    • Marcus, I can here your passion through your writing. It is great that you know what you want to be when you get out of college. I fully agree that education should not be taken advantage of and the networking part of school will always be fun. From reading this I am motivated more to become who I want to be when I graduate, thank you for sharing your story.

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    • Students in the future need to be educated by someone as passionate as you! I too aspire to be an educator, and I can relate to your feelings on the overall topic of education and what it means to a person. I was someone who did not find myself very involved in the programs my high school had to offer, but now that I am no longer a student there, I realize all of the fantastic opportunities it had to offer, and I regret not getting involved. I plan to get involved in several different programs at UMassD, and I hope to become a well-rounded person my future students can look up to. I think you are definitely on the right path too. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    • I too want to pursue being a history teacher as my future career. I like your idea of education being fair to everyone, and I believe that is true too. That’s part of what makes this career choice so appealing to me, that education and teaching is something that can transgress any barrier if you put your mind and effort into it.

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  4. My parents grew up in Albania. My father worked on a farm when he was a teenager because he had to help provide for his family. Due to this he had to prioritize work over education. My mother wanted to get an education but due to the communist regime in Albania at the time, she wasn’t able to get a higher education. Neither of my parents attended college and when they came to America they were working very hard everyday to provide for my siblings and I. I look up to my parents for all they have accomplished with their hard work. But I use their upbringing as a lesson for myself. I see all difficulties they endured to get our family to this point, and I feel as though I owe it to my parents to go through college, work hard, get an education, and eventually earn my diploma. I owe it to my kids as well, I want to put them in an environment where they can succeed to the best of their abilities. I am also the first one out of my cousins to attend college. So I feel as though I have to set an example for them as well. They will be looking at me along with my aunts and uncles to see what I accomplish in my life. It is a great deal of pressure for me to succeed, but I know that getting an education is the right path for my life, and Umass Dartmouth is the perfect place for me to achieve this.

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    • First off, you have an amazing story and congratulations on being the first in your family to attend college! Secondly, don’t put so much pressure on yourself to succeed, I’m sure you are going to do amazing here. Good luck!

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    • I can relate to your belief statement Kevin, my grandparents are immigrants from Italy. Neither or them received a college degree and when they came to America they had to work there tales off. I’m so grateful for them for paving the way for me to be able to pursue a college education. I’m also the first cousin in my family heading off to college to.

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    • Hey Kevin, I loved your story! I can relate to how both of your parents were unable to further their education, my father for example who comes from somewhat of a small country where he had to prioritize work over education as well. He came to this country (America) for the better future of his children and I’ll so happen to be a first generation.

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    • I really enjoy the story and I can relate as well. It shows character that you can tell such a story to a group of people that you’ve never met, its inspirational.

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    • i really like you could potentially be starting a family trend because I’m in a very similar situation and I really want to be one of the kids in my family that go through all four years of college successfully.

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    • I think you’ve got the right idea, just know that as long as you keep trying you WILL succeed. Not everyone who drives got their license on the first try.

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    • Great story and congratulations on being the first in your family to attend college! No pressure here, your family is already proud of you, now use this education as a tool to strive and prosper later on in your life.

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  5. During my childhood in Ghana, I understood hard work with little reward, a desperation bred from the neglect of the government’s continuous corruption. A country which boasts a great diversity of people of differing socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with many struggling with being from a low-income family, homeless and refugees. Yet at the break of dawn, people awoke daily to get back to work, searching for money just to feed their families and to provide for a generation that would only fill their very same shoes. As teens sold recycled scraps from the streets to support their families. Everyone’s dream was to escape all the foreseen struggles and head to America, the land of dreams. Even though life in America was not and isn’t perfect, the hard times in Ghana made me appreciate life and opportunities that are at times taken for granted. I have been able to admire the blend of cultures and cultural appreciation. This gives the Ghanaian community the opportunity to learn about individual traditions. I admire a community where people accept each other. With social classes being a big aspect of the Ghanaian culture, Economic problems are the main obstacle. Often, low-income families do not have access to resources and opportunities to advance their education despite their intelligence levels. For example, most students from middle and upper-income families have access to private tutors who help them for SAT’s and state tests, increasing their scores and creating a bigger gap between the two income groups. Since low-income students are not financially secure, most students will pick up extra hours at work to support their families which cause stress to the students and can result in failure to do school work. Other students relieve their stress about money by turning towards gangs and violence, gambling for money and hustling in the streets.

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  6. I believe that education is not only what we learn in school, but also what we learn in everyday life. Because some of education purposes are to teach us about the world, teach us how to think in an educated way.
    I interpret education as what we learn in a daily life, because whatever you do, either good or bad, there is always something to learn from it, you may choose not to learn anything, or you may not have the enough level of critical thinking but there is always a lesson. People learn different stuff, in different ways. Some people develop their thoughts because of school, and some do so, because of their life experiences. But, mostly when people go to school and learn about specific things, like science, math etc, they are considered as educated, because practically, that is the type of education the society recognizes. However, I believe that education is life itself, we all are educated, just in different ways, and in different levels. For instance, some people don’t go to school, but still think in a positive and well developed way.
    The education that we get in school helps us to learn how to develop our level of thinking, and analyze the aspects of life in a professional and rational way. Education gives us tools to develop our skills in order to manage the world. For me education means learning from new things, from having new experiences, from meeting new people, and from exploring, because I believe that we increase our knowledge through these new things, we learn something different everyday no matter who you are, what race you are or what degree you have. Education is something that never ends as long as you live. Education help us to learn from the past, live right in the present and develop visions for the future. I have known someone who never went to school, he did not know how to read and write, but when he talked you could not tell that he never went to school, his way of thinking was so developed, his plans for his future were so beautiful. He just could not use big vocabularies, but when he talked you could see and hear some logic and positivity in his words. Education is what we learn in school, but also what we learn in life. Education guides us, and teaches us about the world, and about ourselves.
    I believe that going to college is my way of saying that “I want to increase my knowledge more, I want people to help me more understand the lessons that life has to teach me. And I want to learn how to help other people in need.”

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  7. “Anything worth having, is worth sacrificing for.” These are the words that I grew up hearing from my mother and as I get older it has become my mantra. Growing up on a small island in the Caribbean called Grenada, education is one of the few ways in which you can achieve long term success. Because of these powerful words, at the age of 16, I made the decision to travel the U.S to continue my education after secondary school. I believed that the leaving home was the sacrifice that I had to make in order to purse tertiary education.
    However, when I made the decision I was unaware of how much I would have to forgo because of my pursuit of higher education. Simply put, moving away from home was tough. I left family and friends to move to a place where I knew barely anyone. There was a stark difference between where I grew up versus where I now lived. At first the prospect of having to adjust to a new life was grim, but I had to remind myself of the long-term reward. Also I appreciate my experience of moving away because not only could it have been more difficult, but it has thought me a lot and fortunately lead me to this University.
    I look at leaving home to go to school as a forward investment in my future. Though it seems like I gave up almost everything I hold on to hope that if I stay focused the sacrifice for education will surely be worth it.

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    • Ashley your story was very powerful, know that your doing the right thing trying to set your self up for success in the future.

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    • This is truly inspirational, you moved away from loved ones to achieve an education that you thought was best for your future. You followed your heart and I can only imagine how hard that must have been for you to leave your family and friends. I hope it was all worth it, and wish you the best.

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    • Really good story Ashley. You sacrificed a lot by leaving your loved ones at a young age, coming to the states to achieve higher education. You were successful, and cheers to you by becoming a Corsair!

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  8. Over the years I’ve learned that education can have a major effect on your life. I believe that being educated does not necessarily mean that you have obtained a diploma or degree. Education can be gained in many ways most people believe that an education is instruction at a school or university, while education can also be gained through an enlightening experience or just through experience. Meaning that depending on the situation a person does not have to have to have a higher degree or a degree at all to be more educated than someone else. I’ve personally seen this many times and one example is my boss who decided to drop out of college and start his own business and became very successful, throughout the years he has directly gained experience and knowledge making him very educated in his occupation. A very famous example is how Steve Jobs dropped out of school and started Apple. Jobs gained experience through trial and error and climbed his way up from the bottom transforming Apple from a small computer company run out of a garage to on of the largest and most influential companies in the world. I believe that college should do a better job practically educating you, so you get the education you want and need to be successful in your future occupation. They could do this by having students only take classes relevant to their majors. I believe this would better prepare us students for the future and also save us a lot of time and money.

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    • I agree with your belief statement Sebastian some of the smartest people of all time have dropped out of high school and college. The way I look at it you have to do what’s best for you. For me I like the classroom experience, however some people aren’t cut out for the classroom experience and that’s ok.

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    • I agree with your statement Sebastian, education is certainly a factor of being successful in life. However there are other factors such as personal life experiences can play a major role in determining the success of an individual.

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    • I agree with your statement Sebastian, as society has taught us education is one of the influential factors that govern your quality of life. However education doesn’t have to come from an institution, often time universities teach and they’ll give you the foundations for your majors but the real learning will likely come from internships and our study groups that have meaningful discussions on the course content and life events.

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    • Completely agree on education is the key and there’s many ways to be “educated.” Going to a vocational high school, not as academically orientated as regular high school, showed us that college is really not that necessary as people think it is. Trades are great to learn and can educate you without having a degree from a university. Educate in any way you think will prosper.

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    • I agree with your statement Sebastian. An education is an education no matter how top tier the learning space is. It’s also not all about the book smarts in school, the street smarts outside of school is really important as well in knowing how to survive in this world.

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  9. Throughout my life, I have been told that education is the key to success. “It is the foundation of having a good career and making a good amount of money. With education, it empowers someone to know the world and becomes more familiar with their surroundings. Although education is a vital instrument to have in life, it is not the only priority that one should focus on. I believe for someone to be successful in life, one must have passion and have people they can trust and rely on. Many people believe having a college degree will automatically make them be successful, not knowing education is not the only way to succeed in life. Not everyone can afford education or a decent college or university education. Yet people can still be successful in life with the right skill and right mind set. Reading and writing has a significant impact with knowledge that a person obtains, but not with his or her personal skills. From time to time, we see good graduate candidates that cannot get a job in a particular field, even though they are well educated. Sometimes, people tend to forget what they have learned in school. I believe that if we are educated on the skills and put our skills into use, we can be successful in life. Education does not only play a role in “success.” I believe a person needs zeal, compassion, humanity, and motivation in order to succeed, not just education and a college degree.

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    • Your absolutely right Shedricke just because you have a college degree doesn’t mean your guaranteed a job, there’s much more that goes into it. Just like those elements you talked about, those elements plus the college degree is what gets you that job.

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  10. From a young age I had difficulties with my education. I was never able to learn at the same pace as my friends. I was not able to read passages like other students or answer questions without getting extra clarification. In class it would be hard to stay focused because I get distracted easily. When I tried to write essays, I found it difficult because I would need additional assistance to help me comprehend. In elementary school, my parents finally decided to get me tested for learning disabilities. In the sixth grade, I found out that I needed an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). My IEP requires that I spend more time in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
    It was such a tremendous relief to finally figure out why I had struggled for so long with learning. I would usually give up because that was always the easiest thing to do. There are still times when my friends ask me questions and I cannot understand what they are asking me because of my learning disability. As a result, they call me things such as slow or dumb. To overcome my challenge of having a learning disability I pushed myself harder to do better. I went to teachers to get extra help or i would ask for more work to understand better. I would always ask myself “What did I learn today?”. The outcome of me conquering my disability is me going to college. I pushed myself harder to do better and follow my dreams.

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  11. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I have always made education my top priority along with family, working, and friends. Education is my top priority because I want to excel life and have the opportunity to get a good job. My goal is to be financially stable and in order to get there I need to be an expert in those everyday life skills in what or whom I want to become. I am the youngest of four and the last to attend college. While growing up my mom always told us “the one thing they can not take away from you is your education.” As I grew up I always kept that in my mind and it inspired me to push myself and keep reaching for my goals. It made me want to keep going because I know that things can be loss and/or taken away from you such as: jobs, homes and cars. In order to get things l that you desire one must be able to understand why they were loss or taken. While reflecting I think to myself I made it through middle and high school and I’m excited to begin college. I am excited to begin college because it’s a whole new level of work plus you’re staying on campus with a whole different community. I love being away from home so by me willing to going through this experience will be great for me to become more independent. I am considering pursuing graduate education in the future. That is important to me because I will have better opportunities in life and moving in the right direction of pursuing my goals. Education is the strongest weapon because it can create great opportunities in life and help you reach your goals.

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  12. At a very young age, my parents moved my family from India to America. The primary reason for moving was so that my younger sister and I could be introduced to opportunities such as the gift of education, which otherwise would have been impossible. Though we moved countries, my parents have always fostered the importance of education and this has led me to feel more privileged towards my education. My parents worked countless hours to provide for our family, and I adore them for all they’ve accomplished over the years. I use their struggles and upbringings as motivation for achieve my goal. At some point all of my success will be all owed to my parents and their sacrifices. Even though education has importance in being successful in life, there are other factors that can be contributed as well. One of those factors include being able to help and understand others in a meaningful manner. Generally being a decent human being. It can be certainly achievable by opening up to various conversations with others and listening to opinions can certainly be beneficial. While reflecting back to all these experiences. I am excited to begin next chapter of my life whilst experiencing the culture of different community on campus. I wish to pursue my career in Premed throughout my college years. This will possibly open other opportunities for my goal in future. I believe that my passion combined with my academic potential are two characteristics that I believe the aid my university life.

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  13. Knowledge is power, and the educators we work with and learn from throughout our lives are responsible for instilling this power within us. As much as I value and understand the importance of a quality education, I believe the connection between student and teacher is often overlooked and just as significant and the knowledge one gains. The greatest educators are capable of so much more than teaching; they are our mentors, and sometimes our friends. They are the ones who inspire passions we did not know existed within ourselves and shape future societies. Throughout my education, I have learned much more than the common core standards and my course load have required. I have learned how to perform to a crowd, how to try something new, how to overcome failures, and countless other practical life lessons I apply every single day. I have learned that I have an extremely deep passion for music and how it is performed, composed, and taught, and that I wish to turn this passion into my livelihood. At a time in my life of massive change and uncertainty in the future, I’ve learned to look to these educators as role models and examples that with effort, determination, and confidence, life will turn out okay. These mentors, such as English teachers, band directors, and my mother who teaches in Dartmouth, have been in my situation before and overcome these same challenges. As I enter UMass Dartmouth to study music education, I keep in mind the teachers that have created the person I am today, and hope one day to have just as strong and powerful of an influence on future students.

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  14. I’ve struggled a lot with my anxiety and my anxiety has taken over my life in ways I wouldn’t like to admit. Too many times I’ve avoided things I knew would benefit me. For example, if I’m nervous about an exam, I’d tell my mom that I’m not feeling well that morning and not go to school. It happened a lot at my old school, and despite the fact that teachers would act like they cared, it didn’t fool me. Whenever I did try to get the help they’d tell me, “You have a responsibility to come to school every day.” Little did they understand, every day that I did come to school, I’d be dragging my feet in the halls on my way to class and falling asleep in the classes I decided to attend. I was miserable at O’Bryant, and it took years for people to realize it. When I let the phrase, “DROP OUT” fall out my mouth, everyone freaked out. Teachers acted clueless to my situation, asking questions every day and on my back on certain things. At O’bryant, I learned many things that serve no purpose to my actual education. I learned how to cheat on tests and homework assignments, how to have my phone on my desk without the teacher noticing, and how to sign report cards using my mom’s signature. I realized one day that going to school and sitting in a classroom getting an “education” doesn’t mean cheating the system. I dropped out of that school and re-enrolled in the school where I completed my last year of high school. In that year I learned what education really meant. I believe education is the foundation of our society. People who invest in their education really learn what their passion is. I believe that education is more than important.

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  15. I believe that education is very important in society. Ever since i was young I was told that school is very important. My parents always told me I needed to get good grades so i could go to college and get a well-paying job. Education is important for many reasons. If a generation is well-educated then they will be able to discover and accomplish many new things. If a generation is not well-educated then it will be far more difficult to discover and accomplish new things. Another reason education is important is because in our society if you take education seriously then it can take you a long way. If someone doesn’t take it seriously and flunks out then they can have a hard time finding a good job to support themselves/their families. Education is important for all human as a whole species. For hundreds of years we have been learning and discovering things we had not known about before. Education is essential to keep our society moving forward.

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  16. I believe that education is the most dangerous value anyone could have because it can transform anyone to what they learn to be. However, education can also be a blessing.

    The internet, the most powerful tool in the world that held all of our information, is the same internet that had wreck havoc into my life. All the news, the YouTube videos, the trends of the 21st century, the life “hacks”, and more had become my main source of education. It makes all the novelties, the false information, and online users as my new reality.

    That was my education, which is filled with insecurities. Whatever I search something on the internet based on my “knowledge”, it will always agree with “evidence” and “fact”, even if it is not true. I would keep searching for the “truth”, but truth be told: it is ambiguous.

    One day, while searching, I found this book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. It was an interesting title to read, so I bought it. What I notice is that not only the author change my perspective of how reality is (and way different from the internet), the book as a physical mean is enlightening. As I keep reading more books, not only that what I am reading is mostly from successful and professional people, I also learn that their content is clear, well-scripted, and made elegantly; way different from the way the internet typically provides information.

    As a result, this is now my education, which is filled with not my insecurities, but with the author’s lessons and journeys. This kind of education will always improve my well-being, one page at a time.

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  17. In life, there is never just one path to success. On a similar note, there is never just one path which to failure. For some people, the path to success is clear. For others, that path is hidden within a thick cloud of disappointment and lost hope. Too often young men and women who are lured in by false promises of acceptance, safety, and prosperity will veer from the path of success and wander along the ever so enticing path to failure. Too often we are unable to determine where this divergence occurs and too often we allow our children to head down this dark path without a way of turning back.
    In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I believe this to be wholeheartedly true. The primary job of a teacher is to understand their students and help them achieve success to the best of their abilities. However, teachers must be able to provide students with motivation, support, and challenge because without the aforementioned factors a student may never be able to break past their preconceived limits. Ultimately, education is a vital investment in the future and present.
    My mission is to make a change: I want to make the road less traveled the one which leads to failure. I want to bring some form of justice to the countless children who have been wronged by a system that would much rather turn their back to them than expend the resources necessary to lend them a helping hand. I want to right the wrongs that were done to the children who were forced to walk a dark path all alone with nobody to guide them.

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  18. From a very young age we are put in buildings and told to do things with very specific instructions. For roughly fourteen years (PreK – 12th Grade) we are mandated by law to learn at a very specific pace and with a very strict set of guidelines. We are taught everything from coloring to linear algebra and everything in between., but we have to color inside the lines and use the formulas. We are brought up to speed on thousands of years of human achievement and ingenuity. We are taught that we are part of a superpower, this unstoppable force of humanity that can achieve whatever it wants to with enough time and resources. We are taught that we are the next generation of the human race, the next generation of inspiration, of ingenuity, of advancement, of achievement, of creativity, of development, of life. Yet we can’t step out of the classroom without asking a teacher. We are taught that we have the potential to be one of the greats, the next Einstein, the next Elon Musk, the next Mark Zuckerberg, but we are confined to coloring inside the lines; until now. Now is your chance to do something. Now is your chance to paint on a blank canvas. Now is your chance to do what you want to do, no one is going to tell you how to learn anymore. You have been crying and screaming for a chance to prove yourself, well here it is. No one is going to stop you from running anymore, but no one is going to be there to pick you up when you fall either. Coloring without lines is very empowering, but it means that you can waste a lot of time and resources without having anything to show for it. I believe that is the point of education, the preparation for a time when there are no guard rails. The ability to fail, and learn from it. Education is a life long journey that truly starts after formal education ends, life is all about learning.

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    • I agree with your belief that education from pre-k to 12th grade is very structured and guided, and that those safety nets begin to disappear in college. I do think high school allows some room for failure however, which I suppose is the preparation for life afterwards. It’s inspiring to see that you’re viewing this challenge with excitement and determination to succeed rather than being afraid of it.

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  19. My Father always told me that school is the most important thing in life for me. As true as it may be i didn’t take his advice for most of my academic career. I was an average student for most of my time in school i mainly got B’s and maybe one A here and their over the years and in a hard class most likely a C. I’m not a perfect student and i didn’t think much of it at the time until i got to high school. In high school things were more complicated and more difficult than middle school and it was a very rude awakening for me. When it comes to education now i don’t treat it like a joke this is our future without this you cant get a job. College is the next big step for me and for every new freshman don’t treat it like a joke because you might regret what you did in the future.

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  20. See, growing up I hated the idea of school. Everything about school made me sick: homework, teachers, waking up early, and essays. From grades 6-10 I did not take school seriously, I did what I had to do to get by and pass on to the next grade so I was not held back. During my junior year in high school, however, it became clear to me that grades matter and I actually had to get good grades if I wanted to be accepted to a good college. From there, I worked hard to pick up my mediocre grades to grades that could actually make me stand out in school. After receiving quality grades, I realized that school was entertaining and that I could get something out of it, which brought about my appreciation for education. It was going to Africa that allowed me to truly understand what education meant, education is bigger than school, bigger than me.
    Education is the key to success in life. In Africa, me and people from my internship went to tribes that had little to nothing yet still had a goal to obtain one thing that was not money – it was education. Chief Joseph, who acted as the chief of five villages, had a mission to educate every child from each village so he can make his home a better place. That spoke volumes to me only because here in America, I complain about school when there are places that do not have access to it. When I came back home, I reflected on the fact that I have all of these resources to get my education and I neglect it, while in Kenya in the Maasai villages Chief Joseph is doing whatever it takes to get his village an education. Now, I can say I truly appreciate education and I will use it to better myself and to help others that need it, I will seek after every and any opportunity. Now that I understand what education means to me, I will fight to give back because of people like Chief Joseph.

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  21. On my recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania, I experienced the definition of struggles. Visiting the Kibera community where kids have to walk miles to their school. Just the fact that these kids do not know what a school bus is or being dropped off by their parents, it all shocked me. Then the kid’s environment of where they live and where they come from does not affect them at all when they are in school. The smiles on their faces just showed me that if they have less than me and are that happy, then my life is good and I should not be complaining about the small stuff. Because they are barley getting by, so I should be grateful. Regardless of the conditions they are in at home, they walk the long miles in the morning and at night. Where at night there is little to no vision of where you are going. There are also many wild animals nearby who could potentially harm those kids walking home. You would have thought that, that only would stop the kids from going to school but it does not. The kids have no fear because they know what education is for them and these are kids 6 and up. I do not know about most but I know I was not 6 year’s old learning how to walk to school by myself. I was just really grateful for the way I am privileged of having the form of education that I do and how easy it is to access for me.

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  22. “Vocational Education Vs. Traditional Education”
    And it was from doing what I loved for almost two and a half years, with almost ten hours a day in a machine shop, I knew going to a vocational school was a perfect fit for me. During my eighth grade year I was planning to apply to South Shore Vocational Technical High School. I took the tours and visited the schools many times before that eighth grade year. When the time came for me to pick what school I wanted to go to, my parents made me go to a traditional school rather than the vocational school. During the middle of sophomore year I switched to a vocational school. I had to fight my way through guidance counselors and teachers all telling me that I should stay at the more traditional high school, all saying that I would get a better education if I just stayed. I overcame all of their pleads for me to stay and switched schools. I knew for my learning style, I would be able to learn more and get a better education, if I switched. After about the half of year in the machine shop I fell in love with it. It was all hands-on learning and math. I learned the trade almost naturally with very little issues. I went to a vocational school to learn a trade that I love and will hopefully be my career in the future.

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  23. I believe in sharing knowledge and skills with others to advance my own personal being while helping at the same time.

    For years I have been helping others with schoolwork, but even in the seventh grade it wasn’t for any classes that I took. Since I have entered the middle school, I found a passion in working alongside old friends. In the third grade, I had Ms. Mello, who constantly helped me with my childhood struggles of behavior. Eventually, I returned the favor she had given me and I had returned to her classroom to help her with her handfuls of students. After working with her for over six years, she appreciates the joy and support I bring into her room.

    There is something about teaching younger kids the skills I learn. I’ve come to find that I can improve on all people that are involved. I realized that on my first job as a summer camp counselor. I found that I could keep spirits high with the first years, while enriching skills of the older campers. I learned quite a few things I had not known before in the area of my work.

    Sharing my knowledge allows me to think that I have improved on other’s lives. But as usual, wrong facts are shared, and others can help me improve as they correct what I do wrong. Others impact how I need to present my style, and so I can believe in those around me to improve what we all know.

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  24. When I was a little girl I used to love going to school. I got to see my best friends everyday, I got to learn new things, play at recess, etc. As I got older I soon learned that teachers are told to teach all students the same and follow strict curriculum. We were told not to think outside the box of writing a five-paragraph essay with an introduction, conclusion, and three body paragraphs. It became harder for students to show their uniqueness and creativity (at least in my school). Also, for students who struggle in particular subjects or take longer to learn a topic it was easy to fall behind. I was one of those students who struggled. I realized that if I wanted to succeed in life I had to work as hard as I could to get where I wanted to be. I may not be the smartest girl in the world and I may have face many difficulties but for one thing I know that I am hardworking. I took every opportunity in class to speak up and use my voice to not fall behind. I made the most of my middle and high school years. I wish to take every opportunity I am given to succeed and thrive while at UmassD, Learning something new may be daunting but with help and support anything is possible.

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    • This is really good! I can definitely relate to struggling in school but also working really hard to get the best grade I could! Good luck this year in school!!

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  25. Eduacation is something that has always been important to me. I beleive that some of the greatest lessons you learn in life are ones that you get from seeing great people do great things, and many of the greatest people I have met in my life were teachers.
    One such teacher I had that really taught me was my psychology teacher. He taught me psych, but it was everything else I learned from him that made him stand out. He talked about the times he spent volunteering at mental hospitals, and how he helped people with very serious conditions. He talked about his family, and how he loved them regardless of how messes up they were. But his favorite thing to talk about was his two adopted daughter, who he loved as his own. I will never forget him, or the selflessness he brought to the clasroom.
    But I habe learned from more than just teachers. I learned lessons from my family and friends. They’ve taught me things like how to love, how to laugh, and just to reallybe myself. And this education I have gotten has pushed me to major in a field where I hope I can inspire kids in the same way I myself have been inspired.

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    • I think the relationship between student and teacher beyond core curriculum is extremely important and not nearly stressed enough. It’s great to see authentic bonds form between a student and their teacher, and to see a teacher become more than just that to a pupil. These excellent teachers become mentors and role models and serve such a powerful role in the life of a growing student. I’m hoping to create these experiences for future students of mine and am grateful to see someone else appreciate an excellent educator.

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  26. I didn’t expect to be moving to Newton, Massachusetts in the future. I thought I would be like my brothers, live in our old house and attend high school in Maryland, but my family wanted something different. When I moved to Newton in the 8th grade, I felt like I was just being thrown into the school system. Not knowing anyone, and not being very prepared. In the homeschooling program that I was taught through I was considered to be a honors math student, but when I transfered into the school system in Massachusetts, I saw how different it was. They were solving math equations that I hadn’t even seen before. When my teacher was handing back tests, I saw the other kids had gotten A’s and B’s. She handed me mine and when I saw the D+ written on the top of the paper I immediately shoved it in the back of my binder.

    I felt stupid around all the kids who easily got A’s on the tests and quizzes that I struggled with.
    I struggled for years, I worked hard but was never successful, I started telling myself, why should I care anymore?

    Junior year was the year that I told myself that I needed to work harder, and not mope about how hard school was for me. I studied harder and stayed up later, and my grades started to show it. I realized how important education was to me, and when I started to take it seriously, I got the results I was looking for.

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  27. I believe that education is very important in all of our lives. Education is the stepping stone to a bigger and brighter future. It opens many doors of opportunities for students. I believe that education can allow anybody to go far in life, but only if you have the commitment to achieve your goals in school. People that are lazy and do not try their hardest in school are most likely not going to succeed in life. Education is one of the most important privileges in life. Some people can not get education, and they will suffer in life sometimes. I believe Education should be available to all, so we all have a chance to succeed in life. I believe that we have the ability to make this happen in this country, but not the political will. And I believe that is a national failure for which we all are responsible. Education is a gift to students so we should all treat it like one. Try your hardest, do your work and you will only benefit. Do not procrastinate, do not be lazy, just study and work hard to achieve greatness in college. The main purpose of education is to develop students’ ability to think critically and integrate ideas, rather than to accumulate facts. I believe that a good education for all could possibly change the world that we know. Education, in my opinion, is one of the best things anyone could have, and we should all appreciate it more.

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  28. The consequences of global warming aren’t worth the change left in your pocket after cutting corners, and sacrificing the planet for cheaper production. The movie mentions two main reasons for global warming. They are Carbon Dioxide and Methane. These two compounds are greenhouse gases. The greenhouse gases are created in a select few ways in copious amounts. Methane is produced by cows releasing the gas. Carbon Dioxide is created by the burning of fossil fuels, or the burning of trees with a surprising amount stored in their trunks. This is done because alternative energy opposed to fossil fuels is more expensive, and beef sells. This causes companies to produce huge cow pastures. These pastures aren’t only a methane spawning ground, but also an inefficient use of land. These gases warm the earth by making it harder for the sun’s rays to be released once they have entered the earth’s atmosphere. Warm weather might be good in the summer, but over extended amounts of time it wreaks havoc with our weather and water levels.

    The consequences of global warming don’t only affect one area of the world. It really affects the entire globe. Melting polar ice raises sea levels putting islands under water, and causes flooding inland where flooding was never a problem before. Cattle releasing tons of methane speeds up global warming because of how much stronger methane is than Carbon Dioxide. Dying coral reefs make it harder for people to find places to fish and take away their protein sources. The destruction of rainforests doesn’t only reduce the amount of carbon Dioxide that can be taken in by these forests. It also releases carbon dioxide from the burning of the trunks that store it. It’s gotten so bad that the government has even proposed having a tax on carbon emissions. If having to have a tax on it doesn’t bring it to attention. What will?

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  29. ”What if the cure for cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can’t afford an education?”(unknown.) Sadly, education isn’t accessible all around the world. In other countries not only is the quality of education not as good as it is here but, some people in other countries never get the chance to get an education.There’s even people in our own country who can’t afford one or don’t want to sign their lives over for student loans and instead they take the high school education and enter the workforce. I believe that education shouldn’t be taken for granted. There’s people out there who would give the world in order to learn, while others choose to take it all for granted. Education helps us build opinions and perspectives on life. Also makes us capable of interpreting things, it’s not all about lessons in textbooks, it’s about the lessons in life. Students can eventually live a prosperous life with their education if they let it. Students should work hard to achieve their goals in school because it will be rewarding in the end. Think about it, with an education you can get any occupation you want as long as you work hard to succeed. So before you think college is all about parties and socializing and meeting new people, take a step back and realize what you’re really here for and think about how lucky you truly are because some people unlike you don’t get the very chance to be educated in an elementary school never mind in a higher education.

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  30. From a young child I have always valued education. I always wanted to go to school and to learn new things. Education is not something that should be taken for granted. As a product of the Massachusetts school system, I can say that I am very lucky to have received the education that I did. Unfortunately, other states and countries are not as lucky to have the resources that Massachusetts schools have. I consider myself lucky to have been accepted to a vocational school and to have had the education I did at Southeastern Vo. Tech. I was able to get the same education as a student going to a comprehensive high school in addition to learning a trade in the same four year span. Southeastern gave me so many opportunities that other students were not able to have and I took as many of them as I could.

    One opportunity I took advantage of through my high school was Co-Operative Education. This allowed me to be involved in real life work experience while still in high school. I obtained a co-op job for my senior year and I went to work during my shop week instead of going to school. This was an amazing opportunity because I learned so much from experienced people in the electrical field. I was able to work alongside senior project managers and estimators and I became more experienced in many different departments learning about the different stages of a company getting a job all the way to the finish.

    Through the school system I was in, I had access to a great education that gave me ample chances to excel. My education helped me to define a career path that would be completely different if I had gone to a comprehensive high school. I am very thankful for the education I received at Southeastern and I think that everyone should start appreciating the education that they have access to, because there are people in this world that would do anything to be in their shoes.

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  31. You don’t realize how valuable something is until you view the struggles of someone without it. As a freshman in a vocational high school, I was ecstatic when told I would be studying the subject of my choice, Business Technology, over the next four years; however, I did not know the tribulation that was awaiting.
    Although I was happy to be studying accounting, customer service, and computer software, many students placed in the class were not. There was one girl who caught my attention on the first day, because she was crying, and speaking to a ESL teacher in a Creole, which I couldn’t understand. Come to find out, she wanted to be studying law; however, a teacher had convinced her parents to place her in business studies because it would be easier for her with her language barrier. She then told the teacher that she wanted to try her best regardless. I knew at that moment she valued her education more than most people, and it drove me to help her conquer her goals and overcome her obstacles.
    I stood with her throughout all four years of high school, tutoring her and sitting in classes with her, helping her conquer things she never dreamed possible. She was very determined and tried her best in class, asking several questions when she didn’t understand. Even with a language barrier, she fought for A’s in all her classes. When we graduated, crossing the stage together, she hugged me and with tears in her eyes said, “Thank you so much. If it was not for you, I would never do this. You taught me so much.” I looked to her and said, “You taught me something I could have never learned in a textbook.”
    Once someone becomes educated, there is nothing they cannot do. So many children, in the United States specifically, take education for granted because it is a mandatory part of your life until your teenage years; however, there are kids around the world, like this girl, who want to learn, but need help to get there. This girl who came from a troubled family with no support system was now crossing the stage at her high school graduation and preparing for college, all because I sat and took the time to teach her.

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  32. “Education is vital. With it, you can have the ability to accept, choose, and refuse.” These were the wise words from my grandmother Rose, a woman who, just like my mother has been an important key figure into my life. In being a math teacher for almost 30 years, grandma planted the importance of knowledge and education into my mind at a young age. In my younger days she would encourage me to join academic competitions like the spelling bee and trivias like the Black History Bowl in which I placed second and third. Living with her for most of the first half of my life, it may seem strict but as soon as i come home, it would be school part two. I would step in the door, say my good afternoons have a small meal and with all electronics put of sight, homework would begin. During that time, I hated it for the most part because in being a gamer all i just wanted to do after school was play on my GameCube (which was one of the best consoles at the time). Looking back now, I am very grateful that I had her in my life at an early age. Growing up in the south in the urban areas, unfortunately my schools weren’t top notch. The teachers spoke with slang and they rarely motivated us students. My grandmother was also really strict with the way I act in speaking with correct grammar. Growing up with my mom’s side of the family, which is mostly Jamaican, patois would be the norm to be spoken around the house. If I repeated some slang from them or from others outside the house, she’d be quick to capitalize on what’s right and what’s wrong. One thing that stuck with me is when she told me how people would view me from my speech. If I were to speak with slang, people would automatically assume that I am uneducated. Being enrolled at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, wouldn’t have happened without my grandmother who motivated me throughout my whole academic career, by nailing into my head that education is a top priority. Otherwise, I would just be another statistic.

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  33. Back in days of elementary and middle school I thought that classes were a joke. I had always been praised for being very smart, both by my teachers and peers alike. So I never studied, I never gave full effort, I thought “Well if I’m so smart for this why even both putting in effort.” My grades were good, A’s and B’s, and all without studying so i must be a genius. But then my whole reality changed after my first semester of high school. I had failed a class and almost failed another. It was something that never had happened to me before, me the kid who was praised for being so smart back in the day was failing, impossible. It hit me like a ton of bricks, this is reality, this is how hard it’s going to be from now on. I was so disappointed, but I wasn’t going to let this take me down. I learned from my mistakes, I knew I wasn’t trying, that I wasn’t paying attention because I thought I was smart. I started taking extensive notes from my classes, asking questions, staying after, all of these things so that I would never experience the feelings of failing again. I knew now that “being smart” wasn’t just some sort of natural thing. It came about by studying, perseverance, and the will to learn. The will that I had never had before. Now here I am, entering college and pursuing a career, something that I have the will to do, something that for me is worth studying for.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. I find it interesting how people from other parts of the world are considered lesser than, but when they are given equal opportunities and education they can be just as smart as most, if not smarter.

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    • I had a similar experience as you. Throughout my whole life up until high school, I was told I was a very intelligent, and I basically never had to try in any of my classes to get good grades. While I’ve never failed a class, I began to put in a lot more effort into school, took harder classes, stayed after school for help, and began to study for tests, things I wouldn’t usually have done before.

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    • I say I had a similar experience, but in middle school where one semester I had almost failed a majority of my classes. When that happened I got slap to the head with a though of if I don’t take school seriously or become an undereducated moron.

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  34. I believe in special education. School has never been easy for me. For the longest time school was a great deal of pain in my life. I was a late speaker I was put in a program to help me catch up with my speaking. once I got to elementary school other problems began to arise. I struggled to read I would switch up letters and numbers my writing almost incomprehensible. I did countless tests that would diagnose me as dyslexic and learning disabled. My teachers tried their hardest to accommodate for me but the school I was attending at the time couldn’t meet my needs. My mental health suffered all throughout elementary and middle school because of this. As I moved up grades I slipped further behind my classmates. My parents tried everything to help me tutoring, speech therapy which did help but only so much. Seventh grade was the turning point I moved to a new town, with a school district that could accommodate me. I got an IEP and things got better I got the help I needed and I could finally grow as a student. High school only continued that growth. I joined clubs, did competitions and found my passions. All of this would not be possible without the special education I have received over the course of my life. I am so grateful for the teachers to pushed me out of my comfort zone, who challenged me to do things I would never have thought I was capable of doing. The value of special education is priceless. I know I would have never made it to where I am to day without it.

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  35. What is intelligence? To most people intelligence is defined by the number of A’s one can collect and maintain on a report card. To others the speed and accuracy at which one can answer math equations is the prime example of intelligence. And to some intelligence is the rate at which you can read and articulate large vocabulary words. But I don’t believe that any of the prior definitions are accurate depictions of intelligence. Though these can contribute to the attributes of intelligent people, those who do not posses the best grades are not unintelligent. I believe that everyone is very intelligent in their own form.
    One time I got into an argument with my oldest brother. I was watching television and he proceeded to change the channel as I was watching. One thing lead to another, and I ended up telling him that he would never amount to anything because he got kept back twice and never went to college. Thinking back on it I am ashamed, but I was in the seventh grade and still a youth. What did I know?
    Years later during my AP Psychology class in my senior year at high school, my teacher, Ms. Murphy, asked the class, “What hobbies we did as individuals outside of school”? In a class of 21 students, we were a group of many actors, musicians, dancers, math team members, Illustrators, athletes, authors, photographers, video gamers, and a few people who claimed that they did not have a hobby. Then she asked us, “Of the hobbies that we did not participate in, how many we could pick up at that moment and be skilled in”? At this point a few students who were musicians claimed that they could also act, and the basketball player stated that he was also very good at video games. But aside from that not many students in my class claimed to enjoy more than two or three hobbies. I was surprised at how many of us had the same hobbies, including those without a hobby, who had something in common with each other. I began to respect and admire those who excelled in their hobbies especially my peers who had unique hobbies. Hobbies that usually had nothing to do with academics. Ms. Murphy pointed out that everything we do in our daily lives takes some form of intelligence.
    I began to think back on what I said to my brother and how far it was from the truth. My brother was an athlete. His favorite sport was football and he was extremely fast and coordinated. Unfortunately the school he went to did not have a football team and that may have influenced his opportunities to be an athlete but he is now a Marine. I would imagine that Marines have to be very strong, well conditioned, and stay in shape like athletes.
    Even though students with straight A’s are usually very smart and dedicated, I have seen too many times students who excel in math class struggle on art projects or in gym class. These students are still very intelligent but they lack the intelligence that those who are considered unintelligent posses. I think that everyone is in possession of some form of intelligence, making everyone an intelligent person. Especially here at UMass Dartmouth.

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  36. Growing up I never believed in education, education to me felt pointless and waste of time. I never knew what was the point of learning something that would never be used daily. My mother said that I was influenced by my friends which was true; I grew up in Roxbury where two out of my 7 best friends left school and went to make money their way. I started working in my sophomore year as a mailman it was the only job I found at that time. That is when I knew how much I needed education. I would carry mails to 85 houses in the community and the sad part was that my boss did not care how late or cold the weather was when I was working. I knew education made a difference when my boss told me that she makes five more dollars per hour than me. I worked in a lot other place but the best job I had was the job that required my high school diploma, it was dominos. I figured that if I took education as a joke my future career would be the joke. Even though the fact that I liked working at dominos I know that it will not be the job that can secure my future that is why I am be going to Umass dartmouth to become a good successful man and graduate in 2021.

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  37. In America, the systematic approach of attending college straight out of high school forces students to begin college before they have the skills and self-knowledge to maximize their potential. A gap year provides students the opportunity to explore their interests and gain life skills and experience conducive to success in and beyond formal education. The opportunity for self-examination provided by a gap year allows students to become self-directed, and enter college with a purpose, so that formal learning and real-world experience can synergize. A large part of a gap year is making your own decisions; learning through experience how to follow your own lead. By acting under your own direction, you can create your definition of success and practice self motivation. You learn the struggle of succeeding under your own leadership. Having worked in several different industries during my gap year, I’ve experienced issues that business professionals struggle with. This prepared me to explore those issues more in depth in my studies, which goes beyond learning for the sake of knowledge alone. Developing a connection between the world of learning and the world of doing improves the quality and excitement of both. I have made strides in the struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and these time-management skills essential to having a productive gap year translate effectively to a college environment. Whether on a structured program, volunteering or taking a year to explore your interests, a gap year, although the road less travelled can pay dividends.

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  38. As someone who as always enjoyed learning new things I can only imagine how learning and teaching will grow over time. As it is now the way our generation learns and is taught has major variations to the way it was for the two generations before us and even further than that. Beyond learning I have a passion for computers and in particular the way video games have an impact on our lives as well as how they could be implemented in ways that might be more beneficial to the world community. With the progression in the fields of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), learning could be accelerated by using these tools to better model and explain events in history or physical processes. For example, a fading trade is the repair of antique vehicles, people will pay high prices to have their old car refurbished but there are few people skilled in the mechanics of older vehicles. With an AR or VR application, the process of refurbishing antique motor vehicles could be taught to many people at a lower cost than buying an old vehicle or two to work on in a shop where students have to cram together and probably will not get the hands on experience they need to fully grasp the concept of the trade.

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  39. Choosing to attend a vocational high school was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. The state of Massachusetts requires every town to provide their middle schoolers with a vocational option for their high school education. Like many others in Tri-County RVTHS’ sending towns I saw the school as a change of scenery and found the concept of learning a trade interesting. I choose to attend for a multitude of reasons, some more adult than others but I never expected to grow and learn in the way that I did over four years in the Computer Information Systems program. From halfway through freshman year, when we chose our vocational shops, to walking at graduation I was surrounded by a family that not only included my peers but our teachers as well. Like any family we had our ups and downs, but in the end, we’ll always remember the time we shared together. On top of building new and lifelong relationships, Tri-County also provided me with a vocational education second to none. As I move beyond high school I’m starting to see how indispensable those countless hours of boring lectures on the TCP/IP model, JavaScript, and Linux+ really were. Frankly I cannot imagine how my path through might of changed if I had chosen to just attend North Attleborough High School, but I know I certainly would not be in the same place education and career wise that I am now. I implore anyone with the opportunity that I had to take it and see where the path less traveled leads.

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  40. I believe that education is what you make of it, and there is no such thing as a student that is good at math, or english, or science, but that everyone has the same potential. The only difference between those who are successful with education is that the successful students are those who recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and use the resources they have available and utilize their knowledge about themselves to learn in the best way possible, and failing to do so is failing to yourself.

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  41. I believe that education is the way of life because since I was a little boy my parents always tell me that ”education can take you anywhere you want in life”. Even now it’s like music to my ears, I have to replay what my parents said to me to remember what I’m doing at Umass Dartmouth. Moving to the United State was a the biggest transformation I ever had in my life. I had to learn how to speak better English, how to read and write. I’m just happy that I’m here right now because it means their has been a growth in my academics. I am proud of my hard work and thankful for the teachers that help me get to this level however my education does not stop their; I am ready to invest in my education to creates a better life for myself and most importantly to make my parents proud of what I have done.

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  42. Long-term Effects
    Getting the privilege of going on a three-week Goodwill Tour to South Africa with my choir, the Boston City Singers, was one of the best experiences in my life. I got to go to the continent I’ve been dying to visit and was exposed to rich culture and a new lifestyle. Although I was blessed with the beautiful mountainous views and was given some of the best food ever, I was also faced with the ugly realities of South Africa. If you were not already aware, South Africa suffered from apartheid which lasted from 1948 through 1991, which is quite recent. Although the people were extremely kind to my choir and I, you could tell that there was still some ignorance amongst both my choir and the people of South Africa. When we would perform at primary schools, children were surprised that I was American due to the color of my skin. It seems that they were made to believe all Americans were white. I also remember that after one of our performances, one of our choir members was pulled to the side by an adult who asked him, “Why are you with all of these white people?” With this question being asked, it is obvious to tell that apartheid has had a long-term effect on the country as a whole. I don’t think that man had bad intentions when asking my choir member that, but he probably felt resentment for the actions of white people during times of apartheid. It has taught all different races that they must remain segregated and not like each other. While touring and going through different neighborhoods, our tour guide would point out places using terms such as “colored” and “mixed” which blew my mind! The “colored” areas, to no surprise, were always the poorest neighborhoods with government owned housing, while the “mixed” and white areas were living better with better constructed homes. Although everyone in South Africa seems happy, it bothers me that there is still this racial divide. I am still disappointed at the human race for making something that cannot be controlled such a big deal. I did not ask to be given more melanin than others, but don’t take that as someone who is not proud of it. Racism bothers me because it is a type of brainwash that people have to learn to snap out of. I always ask myself if people realize how uneducated they sound when they say “I don’t like them because they’re black.” What does being black mean? I don’t see it as being inferior, but when people make such ignorant comments, I feel as though those people are insecure. The only way for an insecure person to feel good about himself is to put another down, which is what I have noticed both in America and South Africa. I believe that we can alleviate the effects of racism by educating ourselves and having open discussions and not arguments. Going to UMASS Dartmouth is a great place where these conversations can get started due to its diversity. I believe we can all benefit from this new environment to keep us socially aware.

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  43. You can be in school as long as you want and not learn a thing. What makes education, education is three things. One the desire to learn. Two learning to pull from what you learned and three experiencing what books can tell you about but not make you feel. In this society we fail to realize the significance of experience in education. We constantly branch off the traditional view that school can teach you anything you need to know. Just like for each subject you learn at school there is certain things you need to know to learn that subject. For you’re individual education there is certain things you need to know such as experience. Experience can effect you’re decisions through out you’re whole entire life. Past experiences can affect future choices and future experiences can effect you’re past choices. This became evident to me when I first started high school . In middle school I was told to write my essays using the experiences from characters in a book. Then all of a sudden come freshmen year I was asked to use my own personaI experiences to write and I didn’t understand why. Then my teacher told me that the greatest story’s come from what you experienced. This taught me to believe in learning from what I experience because you will always have to pull from that to learn more.

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    • Zeta, I agree with your three main points “the desire to learn, learning to pull from what you learned and experiencing what books can tell you about but not make you feel”. I can also relate because at my middle school I was also told to write stories using the experiences from characters in a book.

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  44. Education is truly one of the most valuable things we have on this Earth. From the time you start kindergarten (or even preschool in many cases), it has been instilled into us that from then until high school graduation our lives will revolve around our schooling. In a sense, school becomes our number one job. In a society where it seems that all anyone cares about is materialistic things, I think it is important to remind ourselves that we are the lucky ones, simply because we live in a country where there are so many opportunities presented to us. We live in a country where our teachers and our leaders want us to go on and receive the best education possible. Most likely if you are reading this, you are among the lucky few on this planet who actually get to not only receive a high school education, but to further that into a college education. In today’s society, an education can be the difference between you and your competitor receiving a job, the difference between your pay and your possible coworkers’ pay, and the difference in your overall lifestyle as a productive member of society. It can set you apart from others in a way that no amount of money or items can ever do. Education is the one thing no one can take away from you, you have it with you for the rest of your life, and that is something that should absolutely not be taken for granted.

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  45. I grew up in a house where we had a room dedicated to books filled with knowledge and information. A place where one can simply sit down read and reflect on what they read with no interruption. A room that would have the forever smell of “old” from books that were over 50 years old. The silence in the room where one can simply focus on oneself. This room is where my curiosity came from because it always had the answers to my question when I was growing up.The most important lesson that I’ve learned from this room is to always ask questions when you simply don’t have the answer to what you are looking for. Sadly the room is no longer in much use due to the power of the internet, but it still holds a special spot in my heart because without that room I would not have the ambition on learning something new everyday to improve my daily life mentally and physically.

    I believe that education is the key to ending violence here in the United States, and around the world. Education will also be the key to ending poverty. Without education, you cannot develop individual wealth or community wealth. Education is the key to innovation and new ideas and freedom. The power in learning the past is what gives us the ability to avoid mistakes so that we as species can improve the lives of others, to create a better tomorrow and the day after. Education is what gives the capabilities on improving the health of one another so that we can live a longer and much wiser life. Education is what fixes our problems that we face in our day to day life as it may be social, economic, or even global. It will be the cure to the biggest problem the world has ever faced, global warming.

    The world is always in desperate need of education in every corner so that we can improve the lives of the disabled, elders and our children. Some countries around the world try suppress the power of education not because they think education is bad, but because they know that their values and morals are incorrect and that education will eventually prevail. They are afraid of change because that is what education will do. With the power of information at our fingertips, we will no longer live in world of “he said she said”, but in a world of facts, statistics, and the truth. The truth that will find us the answers to how the world was created and also the true purpose of our existence. This why knowledge is power, This is not what I believe, this is what I know.

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  46. So education is something that i firmly believe in. I think it is very important in shaping us the way that we are and the people who we become. Stuff that was learned in the classroom and even stuff that you didn’t learn in the classroom definitely involved some sort of education process. In order to learn things we must either educate ourselves or be educated by another person and/or multiple other people. With more knowledge that one contains there are more options and opportunities that that person can potentially obtain. Learning a lot of things really comes in handy when faced with some rather tricky situations. For example if your tire goes flat and you know how to fix it that is knowledge that can come in handy in not only this scenario but many other scenarios as well. Everybody has there own opinions on education and these opinions are all formed by the education that they have received. For instance not everybody likes education and some people even feel like they do not need any education and they could teach themselves better but whatever the case may be there is still education involved. They don’t realize this but even though they weren’t taught by somebody else teaching themselves how to do things is also education. Plus learning things by oneself is so much harder to do then just being told how something is done by someone who already knows how to do it. I am Cameron Mclaughlin and this is my view on education.

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  47. Today children and young adults today do not realize how fortunate they are being mandated to attend school by the age of four. Yes, school today is deemed as a necessity but priced as a luxury, but the long-lasting outcome dominates is everlasting. It is regularly overlooked that there are people that are of different economic backgrounds and social standing, there are many people in this world who are disadvantaged and receive little to no education. I understand that some people are so confined and globally unaware that they forget what is really going on, but it is key in those situations that those individuals seek respectable resources and proper education about what is beyond their social and economic standing. Fortunately, I was blessed enough to be placed in a family that made sure my siblings and I were aware of our privileges and made sure they were not taken for granted. My grandmother was born and raised in a third world country and had what is equivalent to second grade education. She then worked as a baker from the age of twelve to twenty-five walking seventeen to and from work. During that period of time, my grandmother never learned how to sign her name. She carried on living her best life and raised five well educated children. Learning from her experience, my grandmother made sure all her children not only went to school, but moved them to Boston and had them graduate college. Forever gracious all her children provided for their mothers needs and repaid her for all the sacrifices she made towards their success. As long as I can remember my grandmother always told me, “I did not go to school for long because we couldn’t afford it, but I worked toward my kid’s future. I helped them and in return they helped me. I learned so much from them, but most importantly I can now sign my own name. Most of the people I know my age from where I came from can’t say the same. All education leads to personal success. Pay attention and be grateful everyday that you are in that classroom.” I believe education is important because it leads to the growth and success of not only yourself, but the people around you.

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  48. For me, attending the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, is an enormous, exciting opportunity for my family and me. The main reason is that I am going to be the first male in my family to be going to a four-year school and to graduate. Knowing this I sometimes feel like I have a great, enormous responsibility. At times it can certainly seem like a heavy load. My major, largest fear, and worry is to let down my family. I know, at the end of the day, that if I have the values of hard work and determination, I can make them proud and beam with joy. Right now, I would have to say that my dream, intention, and vision, is to see my grandparents face when they see me walk across that stage and get my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Now don’t get confused, I’m not in this by myself. I have the finest, greatest people fighting for me, which is my family. They have been fighting for me my whole life. Without them, I wouldn’t be the man that I am today. I would not have been accepted and attending the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. I would not be able to write this blog. The only way that I can accomplish my goals is by taking it one day at a time. Always studying and to stay focused. Always being on top of my responsibilities because you never know when it’s going to be your time to shine. Always reminding myself why I am here and who I’m here for.

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  49. Getting a quality education is key, that is why we are all here, to get a better education. We work hard, study, and try to get extra credit. People go crazy trying to get a good grade. The way that students have to get their education is subpar. Many students pay thousands of dollars for classes, but why? Students pay thousands to an institution just to say that they have received an education from there. Of course college comes with many other benefits, but to pay for classes to get a certificate at the end of all the hard work is ridiculous. Education is just knowledge presented formally, and sometimes that formal knowledge is not very useful. I’ve learned more from real life experiences, and from people like family and friends than I have from school. The normal education everybody receives is so limited, it puts all the students in the same size box, when everybody is built different and grow different. As you get older you are able to receive more education, but knowledge has nothing to do with age. A teenager can have more knowledge than an adult. The education that I got in high school taught me how to cite my sources in MLA format, and how to do trigonometry, but the education I got from my life taught me how to survive. Knowledge is power, so why are those that are knowledgeable no matter what their background, seen as lesser than those who are formally educated.

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  50. ​I’m from a city of poverty and violence. Ever since I was young I was introduced to crime and homelessness. I was raised by my mother who always had a strong belief in education. People in my community who weren’t lucky enough to get a college degree or even a diploma ended up selling drugs or in the street life committing crimes to make enough to live daily life. My dad was incarcerated when I was 6 , and I moved from house to house with my mom finding an environment affordable and safe to live in. Watching my family struggle at a young age feeling like my situation would never change really hurt me but my moms constant belief in the power of education inspired me to want to thrive in class so I could get my family out of that environment. Education would in fact be my key, because now I am privileged enough to call myself a first generation college student paving my future to make my mother proud. The way the world is moving with a certain degree you not even considered for some positions so my goal is to complete my masters in Engineering and use my education to move myself and my family out of poverty and use my blessings to pass on knowledge to the younger generations of believers.

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