You Will Never Be Satisfied With Your Life If You Make It Into A Competition

You Will Never Be Satisfied With Your Life If You Make It Into A Competition

Enduring the never ending cycle of work, once again.

Competition is simply a word used to describe the driving power behind society. However, it carries a deeper meaning than many may realize. Daily life is about waking up to go to school, trying your hardest to earn the best grades and realizing that all the effort was worth the sweat and tears. Likewise, going to work to earn a living seems straightforward, but the true meaning behind the working economy is the urge to fulfill human desires. Your salary at the end of each month is not only used to purchase necessities but also to buy the latest trend, whether it's a shirt, a new iPhone or even a new car. Like my friend Shanru has shown me, competition is all an illusion that reflects your personal intentions and personality. Every action has a purpose, which extends to the root of human competition, and in a world like this today, does this competition really have a meaning?

As an Asian minority student in a predominantly white area, standards are high for my performances. While everyone shoots me a look of annoyance or disgust as I protest my 90 percent quiz grade, they have not grasped the power of competition. To me, grades not only reflect how much effort I exert, but they also gauge how well I truly know the material. Worrying over a low A or a B on an assignment is a cautionary signal that I need to do better or else I will fall behind. Sacrificing my social time for a few hours of intense study and understanding not only brings me satisfaction when I know that I understand the material, but it also comforts me to know that my peers are perhaps a few steps behind me.

In my mind, competition is something that is needed to push people to do great things. Motivation, passion and dedication all stem from this one desire: to be at the top. The fear of failure and humiliation that comes from poor results ruins the one thing that sets the standards for every person: reputation. Once you have established yourself as a high-earning, smart and hardworking student or employee, a sudden drop of status or outcome can be detrimental to your reputation. This is an ideal example of an illusion, which is supported by the psychological fear and violation of standards that create the exact purpose of competition.

While competition is simply a factor of human greed, does it have a purpose? Being at the top of your class, constantly earning the top grades and graduating as valedictorian surely has its victories, but let the truth be known; the cycle never ends. When is it time to be satisfied? When is it time to stop, slow down and acknowledge that what you have done is finally good enough? When is it time to let judgement slip past you? There will always be someone better than you, and because of this, competition never ends. After high school, then college, employment, retirement and finally....death?

The constant competition to mash everyone you can do into four years of high school to securely pack your resume with accomplishments and worthwhile projects is all for the sake of being admitted the best colleges. Once in that college, you try to do your best and pass all your courses, thus landing you a good job, which you hope is high paying, so you can finally gain financial freedom and buy the latest treasures and show off to your friends. Once you finally reach that wealth, you see that your wealthy neighbors have Ferrari and oh-so-lavish Gucci bags, which prompts you to get the same thing to reach their level. Then, you go out and buy the most expensive Burberry scarves and Louis Vuitton jackets to show that all the work you put into getting that good job has finally paid off. But is it enough? No, there is never an end. The competition of life is never ending. The competition of life can never be satisfied; therefore, is there a point of being at the top when you can never reach the top?

The decision is yours, but just keep in mind, in the competition of life, there is never a winner.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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