No, School is not the only way to be Successful

Friday, March 18, 2016 - By: Glory C, Mackenzie ‘18

12:54 a.m. He’s awake, hard at work, repeating the same fact for the third time in a row, yet he knows. He knows that half of what he was told to study won’t be the on the exam, but he keeps going because it’s better to be safe than sorry. He keeps going because he knows that a B on his report card will never be enough. He keeps going because last time he got straight A’s and one B; he almost cried when his parents looked him straight in the eye and said, “You tried.”

And maybe you’re just like him. You stay up that extra hour every night before a test just to guarantee that A+. Maybe you don’t do it for yourself. Maybe you’ve been discouraged. You’ve constantly been told that a C will never come close to an A, so in comparison to your older brother, you’ll always be “just okay.” And because of that, you’re terrified to fail, because you so badly want to be good enough. Good enough to your parents, your teachers, to everyone. Maybe you have dreams that you’re too scared to address, so you’ve convinced yourself that a university degree is the only way to success.

But is it really? Think about it. Eleven Presidents never graduated from college, yet somehow, they ended up leading a country. Albert Einstein was kicked out of school for having a bad attitude and being too lazy, but the truth was that it made him go crazy that there had to be a “right answer” to everything. So he dropped out. Then there’s Steve Jobs. By the time he reached university, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. He also had no idea how university would help him figure it out. So he dropped out too.

Every decision has a reward or consequence. You can decide to believe that your success strictly depends on letters on a piece of paper, but realize that you will spend the rest of your life wondering “What if?” What if you were a lot better than you thought? What if you had realized a little earlier? What if you had believed in yourself a little more? You’ve been different from everyone around you from birth, so how can the exact same test determine your worth? No matter how good or bad, grades should not make you, break you, define you, or explain you because people are good at different things.

It’s 2016. Minds are developing, technology is advancing, things are changing. People are finding ways to think outside the box, and the world has evolved so much because of that. What would have taken forever to learn 100 years ago, takes two minutes today because of the internet. So why waste your time? Everybody has a gift that the world needs to know about. Something that authors can’t write, artists can’t paint, teachers can’t teach, and something you shouldn’t ignore. 

Glory C, Mackenzie ‘18

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