The Problem With The School System

The Problem With The School System

Why does a future news anchor need 'Art in the History in Spain?'
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From an extremely young age we are told to pursue a career in what we love to do. Money shouldn’t matter, travel shouldn’t matter and neither should opinions of others nor influences from the media. Doing what makes us happy for the rest of our lives, and being paid to do just that, is the ultimate goal that we all strive for. However, there is a list of tedious and strenuous steps to getting there, if you can even get to that point at all.

It is unrealistic to think that you should be handed a diploma on a silver platter without putting any effort into your graduating degree. Learning and training for the job you want is hard work that requires time and energy. Starting in high school, we are told to start to think about what we want to do the rest of our lives. Right away, the common ideas of teacher, lawyer, doctor and journalist come to mind. As time passes and you have to start applying to get into college, everyone learns that there are specified, unique, talented and rewarding jobs out there in the world that you might have never heard of. Similar to many other attributes to life, there is a profession out there for everyone.

Currently, I am a female student in my junior year at a state university, and I couldn’t be happier about it. When I applied to college my junior year of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, amongst almost every single other student I spoke with. When I got accepted and it came time to declare a major I decided to go with business marketing. I figured it couldn’t be that hard, I would get to work with others, and the money would be good. Classes started, grades came back, two years passed and I hit a wall. I realized I wasn’t pursuing what would make me happy and only participating in what would make me wealthy. So in my junior year, I changed my major to communications and decided I want to, and actually want to, become a news anchor. Little did I know that in doing so, I would be going through pointless, useless, unneeded and completely stupid classes to get there.

I am a communications major. I want to go into the career field revolved around writing, speaking, sharing, communicating and effective messages. Want to hear the class schedule I have right now?

Women’s Studies, Philosophy of Ethics, Art in the History in Spain, Spanish 101 and Interpersonal Communications. This is not a joke.

With the exception of one class, I am not learning anything nearly relevant or helpful to my major at all, and I'm calling complete and utter bullshit. College is suppose to be where each individual can take the classes they need to better educate themselves for whatever they may decide to do with the rest of their future. It’s nonsense that I have to sit in a two-hour class lecture learning about a cave drawling from 300 B.C.E. done in southern Spain. It is also irrelevant to my future and myself to be researching the first wave of feminism in the 20th century.

College has taken the joy away from learning for me. I am a honor roll, Dean’s List, straight A’s student, and I am on the verge of giving up because I've realized it’s all a system. Money is the name of the game and almost every college student can relate when I say they are wasting hard-earned money to get a degree by being in classes that have no value to them, and for that reason alone I, now, think school is absurd. Of course, I can’t drop out and continue on with life because, nowadays, you can’t get hired to a successful company unless you have a degree to show for it. This, again, is unconditionally ridiculous considering my graduating degree will be filled with 50 percent pointless knowledge I will never need to use in what I want to pursue. A problem like this isn’t something a single person can conquer, but rather a society that wants to change the system as a whole. Hopefully, enough people will wake up and realize this is a problem before it gets any worse than it already is.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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