Stop Shaming Me For Caring About My Academic Future

Stop Shaming Me For Caring About My Academic Future

There's different kinds of education, and academics is just one of them.

Nowadays, we're in a day and age of open-mindedness. More and more people, as the days go by and technology becomes much more advanced, are beginning to realize that traditions aren't holding; the original orthodox ways of going about things aren't sticking, and truth be told, they aren't working. College, and more importantly, education in general, is one of these areas of social advancement. Nowadays, people are realizing that the fool-proof "getting your high school diploma and then attending the mandatory four years of college" mold isn't one size fits all after all. Now that people are valuing the creative side of things, like working in the film industry and pursuing artistry, as well as athletics, the idea of college has acquired a certain connotation with it, despite what one's major is. And now, parents have started to specialize their kids from a young age: will my child end up attending college, then med school, and become a doctor, or will my kid end up attending art school?

All of this is fine and good. Arts and athletics are certainly something that should be valued and rewarded for among children, just as much as academics are. However, issues arise when everything starts to blend together. For example, the high school I attended is a strict science charter school, and heavily emphasizes academics and the like. As a result, many students ridicule the school for not offering enough arts and athletics and such; in fact, parents of children who attended the adjoining elementary school accused the school of being "too academic."

See, this is the problem: if you're attending or affiliating yourself with an education or organization that heavily concentrates itself in one area of study, or in a certain specific way, why do you shame the organization for being that way even if you knew it was that way in the first place?

Don't get me wrong, I totally get it. Every school should have offerings in every academic subject; this is a given. But when you attend a science school, especially a school that is renowned for its academics, why are you upset when its focus is, oh what a surprise, academics? I mean, my high school did have arts and athletics for those who craved them, but they weren't the focus because, lo and behold, it was a science school, that did science things!

I'm sorry, but the problem doesn't lie with the school--the problem lies with YOU.

This doesn't just go for schools. This goes for the concept of education in general. When one goes into the world of academia, one has to know that it's not easy. It's very much difficult, and involves a lot of studying. And when you commit yourself to pursuing such a path, you can't just say that you won't do it. You knew about it, you accepted it, and so you must keep on keeping on. That's what I did, and my high school allowed me to do just that by successfully giving me the arduous academics I needed to thrive at a top-twenty university. So why do you jeer at me when I defend such an institution, just because I followed and fully support their methods of education?

Moral of the story: if you don't agree with it, then just leave. There are thousands of educational institutions in the United States. Maybe my high school, or high schools like it, didn't cut it for you. I'm sure there's a school out there that will. But when you mock an education that you don't agree with just because of the way it is, the education is not in the wrong; you are.

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Why are college textbooks so expensive?? And why do professors tell students to purchase the books only to never use them? Even worse some professors need students to buy online materials that are not available at the bookstore where their scholarship can be used.

Now students have even paid a fortune for some online lectures even though they have real teachers that are supposed to give the lectures and information themselves. On top of that, you have wasted your money on the online stuff only to never see it again because it expires, unlike a hardcover textbook. Finally, you have paid to stress yourself out on online homework that grades you on incorrect responses due at midnight.

On the off chance that you get a good textbook from the store, at the end of the semester, you now need to consider if it's a viable option to sell your book back to the store. The reasoning for this is that they literally give you $5 back for a $100 book so is it really worth it? Maybe not.

1. Waste of paper

2. Too Many Books to Remember for Class

3. Too Heavy

4. Recieve hardly any money back

5. Online textbooks disappear after the semester

6. You never use them after the semester

7. Too Expensive

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Your College Experience Should Be More Than Chasing A High GPA

Professional experience outweighs your college grades.

We have all had that moment, whether it be during finals week or a never-ending group project, where we think to ourselves: do I really need this degree? Is the stress of maintaining a perfect GPA really worth one piece of paper?

Spoiler alert: it isn’t if your GPA is your only priority in college.

Keeping up with your classes and doing well on your exams is important, don’t get me wrong. But your energy is better off being served by gaining experience in your desired field, on-campus and off.

College degrees are becoming more and more common as the years go by. People are earning more money and finding more resources that can help you pay for your tuition.

So now that having a college degree is becoming the norm, how can you stand out from other candidates in your job search?

Your future employer will be more interested in the experience and skills you’ll be bringing to the company.

Your degree will be much more worth your money if you take advantage of everything else that college has to offer. Your university is full of opportunities to further your experience and help you reach your goals of getting that job you’ve always wanted.

Your university probably has a trillion clubs and organizations. These aren’t going to be like the ones in high school where you had a pizza party every Wednesday after school.

There’s going to be some that bring in industry professionals that will have a vast amount of knowledge (and maybe even internship opportunities!) to share with you. They’ll have volunteer opportunities and scholarship awards.

Internships are your best bet to really learning all there is to know about your desired field. You’ll get hands-on experience and witness first-hand what job positions interest you, and which positions don’t interest you (narrowing down is always helpful, too!).

These opportunities will set you apart from other candidates when you’re interviewing for a position.

You’ll have something to talk about at your interview like your trip to Hong Kong to learn international shipping policies or what an amazing learning experience it was to intern at your city’s top finance company.

Doing these things will not only get you your dream job, but you’ll be making a ton of memories, friends and so much more. Don’t miss out on everything that your school has to offer because your term paper isn’t perfect.

You’ll enjoy your time at college so much more when it’s worthwhile in the end, and you won’t have to stress about finding a job.

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