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Higher Educatiom Life

Updated on September 8, 2017

When we were young, one of the most common questions we were asked was "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Our answers were never bland. They were colorful and filled with great hopes for our futures. Some wanted to be astronauts, doctors or lawyers. Others wanted to be engineers. The bolder ones wanted to be president. But how were we ever going to reach these goals? We had to work our way through primary school, high school and graduate from college with the relevant degree. Yes, college. The monster we are all expected to conquer in our lives.
I once read a post that documented our academic steps from primary school all the way to college, thereafter getting a job where one will work until they die. The person proceeded to ask, "What if I wanted to be a duck?". That question holds a deeper meaning than it's face value. This person is basically asking whether he or she must go to college to make it in life and be happy. I personally wanted to be a doctor ever since I understood what goals were. However, I didn't quite qualify after my high school examination so I had to find a different career path which I've grown to love.
So you make it to college. Finally after twelve long years of early mornings and late nights, you've made it. You've made it to that place where dreams are either cemented or broken. College is all about the choices you make. That is the fundamental element.
There is so much freedom which brings with it great power. With great power comes great responsibility. You have the power to choose whether or not to attend your classes. You have the power to choose whether to become a druggie or to continue with your "Only soda for me, please." plight. The power to choose whether or not to use your money wisely or to blow it all on useless and expensive things rests solely in your hands. You have the power to choose whether to succeed or fail.
We used to hear the stories in high school about how bad things can happen to you in college if you make the wrong decisions. We played them off as mere ways to scare us. However, it is very true. You can either make or break your future in college where peer pressure is taken to a whole new level and juvenile court is no longer an option for criminal offences. Allow me to re-emphasise: With great power comes great responsibility.

© 2017 Valerie


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