Yes, School Is My Top Priority And No, I Do Not Regret Saying That

Yes, School Is My Top Priority And No, I Do Not Regret Saying That

Seriously, my education will always rank higher than any other factor in my life.


I am halfway through the third year of my undergraduate career. It wasn't until this academic year that I realized just how much I value my higher education. Despite all of the additional stress and workload, it has recently resonated with me the magnitude to which I truly appreciate attending college.

I had this realization as I became an upperclassman undergraduate student. Now I am fully immersed in my chosen fields of study after passing all of the general education requirements and introductory courses, and I absolutely love it. While I do admit there are definitely days where things are more challenging and I probably question my intentions a hundred times, at the end of the day, I would never give up the experience of furthering my education.

Through the time I have put forth toward my undergraduate degree thus far, I have been exposed to numerous ideologies, challenged to think critically, developed a sense of value preferences, enhanced my public speaking and writing skills, defended my stance on issues, remained open to new perspectives, perfected my time management skills, been rewarded for hard work, motivated to persevere, and inspired by some exceptional faculty. Every second is a learning experience; every second has been worth it.

Life is all about balance and learning how to juggle multiple factors that will hopefully result in a well-rounded, quality means of living. However, there are going to be instances where you have to prioritize these factors in your life in order to achieve whatever it is that you are aiming to do. This means making sacrifices because it is impossible to do everything all of the time.

Personally, I am proud to say that my education is my top priority at this point in my life. School comes first over relationships of any kind, social events, hobbies, health, work, physical appearance, or any type of distraction. Of course, these things all are important to value and intertwined, and I do value them; however, just not to the extent to which I value my journey through higher education.

I did not realize it until this year after it really stands out to me whenever somebody makes a decision that puts their schoolwork on the backburner. While this is OK to do sometimes, it is just mind-boggling for me to fathom why some people do this so frequently. Shouldn't you want to put your education first, at least most of the time, because, without it, the potential for opportunity would be gone?

At the end of the day, whatever gives you purpose and makes you feel as if you are living a fulfilled life in which you are satisfied, then that is all that truly matters. The determinants are individualized for each person. However, after recently resonating with the idea that, at this point in time, my top priority is excelling in my educational experience, I want other people who have priorities similar to mine to embrace their preference. Don't ever question whether school should be your top priority, because, if it is, then there must be a reason why you feel this way. Don't ever compare yourself to what other people are choosing to do with their time because if it's not affecting you, then you should not care too much about it.

Finally, don't ever feel bad about saying no to other activities because you want to make time to sufficiently complete your homework assignment and study; you will reap the benefits of this sacrifice later as you are successful in school and land your dream job.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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