August 5th, 2012 02:16 EST
Educate This: Making College Your Own
In the America that we live in today, society wants high school students to conform.They want you to take standardized tests, inescapably turning you into a robot.They take decision and choice away from you.From a very young age you are geared to succeed and to go to college.If you look throughout time the most successful individuals were those that did not conform.
List of Successful people who did not finish college:
Bill Gates David Geffen Peter Jennings
Larry Ellison Thomas Edison John D. Rockefeller
Mozart Albert Einstein Benjamin Franklin
Nine of the U.S. Presidents did not attend college: Truman, Cleveland, Andrew Johnson, Lincoln, Fillmore, Taylor, Van Buren, Jackson, and Washington.
These are just a few examples.
The message here is not about not going to college.In fact, it is about actually going to college, but doing it on your terms.Don`t conform in anything you do.Don`t be the robot.Be your own unique individualistic person.College will prepare you for many things in your life, but remember learning doesn`t only happen within the confines of a college or high school classroom.Learning is endless and will occur in all different areas of your life.
College is a good thing and everyone should go if they have the desire.You don`t automatically need college if you want to be successful.There is more to being successful then getting good grades in a classroom.College might teach us how to say something in large sophisticated words, but wouldn`t you rather speak in small words so everyone can understand you?
Learning is about more than the grades you will receive throughout your life. Not everything in life can be graded A-F and 100-0.The most important lessons I learned throughout my high school and college career were not learned in a classroom, but were learned through interactions with people: friends, professors, teachers, mentors and role models outside of the academic classroom
Modern high schools judge solely on grades.Why should you only be graded on what you can prove by taking an exam?A teacher or professor might fail you because you did not do well in that subject, but to give you a bad grade is the same as saying you did not learn anything.No matter what you will have learned something by the end of a school year or college class. Can everyone be good at the same things?Your teacher might be good in Spanish, but is he or she good at history?They might be, but then again they might not.In a broad sense you might not succeed in every facet of life, but neither have they.
Good colleges reject students mostly because of their academic output.If you did poorly in high school it does not mean you are not intelligent and it certainly does not mean that you will not succeed. I didn`t do well in high school, but excelled without limits in college.If I were to apply to Harvard today I would be rejected because my high school grades and SAT scores were not high enough.I`m sure some wiz kid would get the spot, the robot who will offer a great deal to the world of academia.I might not have the same grades as the wiz kid, but I can offer just as much.To me wisdom, intelligence, integrity and common sense cannot be judged fully by a standardized test.I would much rather be the kid who shows up, gets challenged and tries extremely hard every day, opposed to the kid who thinks it is a breeze.
College might be easy for some and difficult for others, but never forget that it does not make you who you are.Success comes from determination and dreams not from a college diploma hanging on the wall.