Is It Ever Too Early To Talk College?

Is It Ever Too Early To Talk College?

a shy girl half raised her hand and asked “do you think everyone can go to college?” This broke my heart in two.
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Recently I was given the opportunity to talk college with an intrigued group of young woman. During our conversation, amidst their many burning questions, a shy girl half raised her hand and asked “do you think everyone can go to college?” This broke my heart in two.

The sad reality is, many children are told they don’t have what it takes to succeed, or rather they can’t because they can’t afford to. Well, I simply won’t accept that. Think about where you are in your life, and how you got there. Was it a series of fortunate coincidence or did you have to work for it? Have you always desired success? What teacher or coach pressed the importance of self-discipline, and drive? For all of us, there is that one person that comes to mind. That one teacher, coach, parent, author, superhero, etc., that impacted us most. Whether directly through one-on-one influence, or indirectly through literature and hero films, there’s been someone special that made it known to you, that you were special.

Many people feel strongly one way or the other concerning the importance of college, and how early adolescence should begin to prepare. Is it ever too early to talk college? Typically, there are two sides to this question. There’s your “kids should be kids” side, and the “it’s never too early to think about college” side. Both, equally well argued, but I choose the argument that it is never too early to talk college, think college, and prepare for college. Studies have shown that early exposure to ideas of success, what it means, and what it will entail, translates to desire for success later in life.

Our teenage years are the most important years of our lives. It’s when we develop our core. Our core beliefs, admirations, and dreams. Every child should know that they can do whatever they put their mind to, and they don’t need anyone else’s help, nor permission, to get there. I think it’s hard today when thinking about college because other than it being extremely important to our self-growth, it’s also extremely challenging. It’s long, draining, and as we all know, expensive. But how many can say it isn’t worth it? I think today we give college a bad rep, when in fact we know it’s one of the most monumental milestones this generation has to offer.

Let’s talk more college. Tell our youth to reach for the stars. Bring out the books. Get organized. Have a desired profession, even if it won’t be the same in five years, five months, or even five minutes. Let them know that they can graduate from college, they can be a surgeon, or a veterinarian, or a top chef, or an astronaut, or an actor, or a musician, or Batman, doesn’t matter really, as long as they have the confidence to know there is endless possibility for any number of those options. That’s the beauty of America, the country of opportunity. We dream, we inspire, we conquer.

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Starting off as an efficient way to communicate with loved ones or long-lost friends, I'm afraid that social media has transformed into a catalyst for the decrease in our total life satisfaction.

Social media became a prevalent way of communication around the time that I was turning 10 years old. The concept of having a "smart-phone" was just becoming mainstream and the idea that you could actually use the internet on such a small device was undiscovered to most.

Although I do remember a time without them, most of my life has involved the use of one of these platforms at one moment or another. Around the age of 15, I created my first profile on Instagram; and from there, my online presence continued to spread through to the endless amounts of media platforms that exist today. My adolescence and early adult life immediately became a comparison game against my acquaintances and/or complete strangers that I haven't, nor will ever meet in my lifetime; with the end goal being to see who could prove that they have the "best" life.

At such a vulnerable age, I was unknowingly being targeted by millions of advertisements and suggestions within these applications, informing me how to live a better life. Just do some more of "this" and a dash of "that", then you will finally be happy, they say. However, the cycle never really stops; and this is exactly what social media creators want. I was trying to live a life outside of my own and, in consequence, I was ignoring the one that I was given.

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Despite society's constant reminders to accept oneself, we create altered personas of ourselves on the internet, in an attempt to attract the biggest impression. We have created a dichotomy on how to uphold oneself in the public sphere; you may be yourself in private, but must be able to transform online into a person that has zero flaws in fear that we would be perceived as being "socially inadequate".

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