Regardless Of What They Tell You, You Really Don't NEED College

Regardless Of What They Tell You, You Really Don't NEED College

You probably haven't heard this in a while.

Nowadays, all you hear is "Go to college! Get a degree," or else you will not be successful. Realistically, college just isn't for everyone. Some people cannot sit through a two-hour lecture and retain information. Some are not able to pay thousands of dollars for an education that doesn't guarantee a full-time career. A large mass of people have obtained skills that are demanded in the real world, and they don't need college.

We shouldn't shame those people, we should encourage them.

These people make the world go round. If everyone was to go straight to college, we as a society would be missing so many key roles in the work world. Shame it all you want, but we would be miserable without these hard working men and women! Who would be the (rather glorious) garbage man? That is one heck of a job to have, those people are definitely sacrificing so much for us. What about fire fighters? We NEED those wondrous people.

How many times a week do you go to McDonald's, Wendy's, Chipotle or any other fast food restaurant? It takes months, maybe even years to become a manager in those places. In order to become a manager, employees must go through training and spend endless amounts of time working. That is NOT an easy job to choose to do every day for 40+ hours a week.

Not that we don't need doctors, lawyers, and other degree-dependent personnel but we need to have a balance between the two. Neither should be shamed.

If someone has the opportunity to go to school and become one of the top doctors in the world, then they should do so if that is what their calling in life is. On the other hand, if someone has their heart set on becoming a first-line supervisor or a commercial pilot, then they should follow their dreams and be encouraged just as much as college-attendees.

The only difference between blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs is the way/place that the job is completed. People also associate wealth with the white collar jobs, which isn't accurate. I know a man whose name I am not going to specify, but he is from my home town. He is one of the wealthiest men in our town and the surrounding towns. He has worked very hard to get to where he is, and it took a lot of dedication to get there-- this man has no college education.

Life isn't entirely about who you know or what you know, but it is about who you make yourself out to be. Putting everything aside, dedication and heart are what make up a successful person. It has nothing to do with your college diploma or current job position — it's about who you are deep down.

Don't let the fire in your eyes die, and go take whats yours.

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A Girl Gets Raped At School Then Gets Suspended

Boys are always going to be boys, right?

How many cases have there been about young girls get raped? As of late rape is becoming a huge topic that some are still afraid to talk about. I am here to share a story of a ninth grader who is, of course, getting the blame rather than the boys that did the crime.

A female student who goes to Miami Carol Senior High School has brought claims to people about three boys who had raped her. Where did it happen? It happened in the bathroom at the school, yep you read that correctly. These students had taken advantage of another during the time they should be learning.

The fourteen-year-old who I'm going to refer to as Sarah claims she was sexually assaulted by three boys and gets suspended from the aftermath.

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," Sarah tells. She went to a teacher had told her about the incident that occurred. Eventually, the school suspended the boys but did not expel them.

I get that Sarah may be horrified or even scared to go to go due to what happened. Why does she need to be suspended? What did she do in the situation that she should get a strike for it? Maybe it's for Sarah's safety, maybe they are treating her unfairly.

Moving on, the first boy she says forced her to have anal sex while the others forced her to perform oral on them. However, the girl supposedly told the Mother that she didn't scream or run away leaving that as consensual.

Sigh, why does it always come down to that? If a girl or woman doesn't strike back it is considered consensual. I've read that in other cases before and I just don't understand how that can validate any situation. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to fight back when I was being held down or forced.

As if this story could get any worse it did and fast. Two of the boys' families stepped forward and told the investigator something that no one wants to hear. One of the boys has gonorrhea and the other is HIV positive.

This girl is only fourteen years old and is going to have life ripped away. They had given Sarah medication just in case and she won't know if she is positive until a year later. Why? What did he do to deserve that?

The same with the boy though, it is a shame that he is HIV positive but why would you want to infect someone else? Why would you want to let someone else suffer from the same disease?

The school had released a statement which said “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Sarah is getting therapy and is staying away from the school which I said I would completely understand. Her Mother is stating that the district is being difficult with allowing her to transfer someplace else.

Rape isn't going to go away even if we want it to. People are still going to do the same thing no matter how hard we fight. It becoming the same fight over and over and there isn't much we can do.

I just hope that this won't be so popular in the news. With each and every story that comes up reads the same thing. Female gets raped by a male and they usual result in the winning of the man.

At some point we need to figure out a way to calm this but unfortnauly for us we can't make it stop.

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Full of Emotions: A poem

Not positive emotions, but they needed written

This is a poem that has been stewing in the back of my head for the past week, things that I've felt like I needed to voice and should've spoken up about ages ago.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it.

I can't bring myself to love you.

I can't stand you

I almost hate you

and yet,

because of who you are,

I know it shouldn't be like this.

Does it make me a bad person

if I wish for your existence to end?

Does it make me evil

to wish no good to come to you?

If this is a sin,

I think it probably is,

I am not ready to repent for it yet.

All these feelings

I used to have for you

have been numbed

by the anesthesia of time.

Every time the anesthesia wears off

I learn a new thing to like

and almost just as quickly

another thing to hate.

You hurt me and you hurt

people I love

with equal abandon

and I can't forgive that.

Maybe it makes me a bad person

maybe I'm justified

in my feelings of dislike

and even if I am

I don't care.

My emotions have been

stunted for so long

because of you.

Being away from you,

I'm allowed to lower my defenses

and actually let my emotions grow

and attach myself to others.

Being away from you,

I realized how strange your love is,

how different your views are

and I've seen how far apart

you and I are now.

And I'm okay with it.

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