“If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime.”
I have heard that saying and it never really sunk in the meaning behind it until recently. I realize that the more knowledge I have the more possibilities for achieving and attaining great things in life. I realize that if someone just tells me how to do my job (gives me a fish) they could do the same for anyone. But, if I am the one teaching others or I am the one with more knowledge, I suddenly become a person who never has to worry about being without money, food, or shelter in my life because I suddenly have valuable things to offer the world.
I am not saying that having a regular job that does not require a degree is not a good thing. It serves its purpose, but I want to go beyond living paycheck to paycheck. I want to be able to dream bigger, life my life fuller. I want to be able to put money in savings. I do not want to worry about having enough money for retirement. I want to be able to plan fun, exotic trips with my friends and family. I do not want to be restricted in life because of my income. I want to be in control of my salary and always know that there is room for advancement.
This is truly an exciting new phase in my life. I will be going back to school, studying again, and meeting new people who could potentially become lifelong friends. I will still be working so it will take a great deal of dedication and focus on my part, but this is a good thing. I am up for the challenge. Challenges make me feel more alive and make me feel even more proud at the of the finish line. Just thinking about my degree in a framed picture hanging on my future office makes me want to study as hard as possible.
I am starting to realize that I really am in control of my future and my happiness. If I am not satisfied with any part of my life, there are things I can do to improve those areas. I will no longer just sit back and complain and feel sorry for myself.
As I count years past, I remember being raised in a family where acquiring basic needs such as shelter, food and clothes were not a simple task. A meal was only available once per day. And all through my 10 years as a child, blankets to cover myself with, during chilly nights were a dream to me. But, today I can see some light, years to come, where all my family past horrific life will just be transformed only through education.
I am now at high school as a form three student. However, life here at school has not been easy. Why? Today I count 2 years ever since my mother, the only parent for the four of us, was paralyzed. Being the first born, you bet that am the bread winner for the entire family. As a result, more often I have to miss lessons as I hustle here and there to get some bucks and cater my fees. However, while enduring suffering, my mother, sibling and teachers have always motivated me to work smart whenever I get a mere opportunity back to school; 5 days for a fortnight. And whenever am back to school, I always give maximum attention to my studies for I believe it’s a golden and one-in- a- million opportunity.
Last week, at our school, we had a prize giving. The Chief Guest was one of the best Banks Chief Executive Officer in the States. Having been the top student in the form three, and being the best after scoring an A in the whole institution, the Chief Guest officially proposed to cater my full education cost till I will be through with my studies at the highest level I will prefer. Indeed, I appreciate the offer, which I believe it’s an open door towards my dream.
I believe with the support that I acquired from the Chief Guest, my dream to pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Medicine will come true. I long to join the best university available in the States. Am quite sure that after I pursue my degree course and proceed to doctorate level, I will be better placed than my competitors towards acquiring the available job opportunities available. With a doctorate degree in medicine, am sure that I will earn a better income that can comfortably support me and my entire family. It’s only through education that all my dreams will come true; acquiring a doctorate degree certificate in medicine and earning a high income to support my entire family and society. Surely, education holds the ultimate power to transforming life.
Growing up I was always fascinated with music. I played in the band every years of grade school and into high school. I was involved with many competitions, and even was lucky enough to be asked to play with my classmates at the New York Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving. While I loved music, I never really knew how I would be able to incorporate this career choice into a sustainable income long-term. I assumed I would either go on to teach music or possible play on the side.
In high school I was lucky enough to have a music teacher who pushed me to live my dream rather than focus on finding a career that paid the bills. He told me that there were several music schools locally that were placing graduates in positions where they were able to love what they were doing while earning a substantial income too. These careers ranged from writing scores for movies, playing in orchestras for Broadway shows, to branching out and making my own album. I simply had to decide what I wanted to do first, then he promised he would help.
I wanted to play music all day and night, I wanted to be part of a group where we played around the world, and I wanted to never have to worry about money to pay the bills. The schools my teacher recommended were extremely pricey, but he assured me that if I was serious about my dream, he knew of several scholarships that would provide more than enough money to put me to the best music school in the region. The scholarships I focused on involved playing good enough to be recognized by a local radio station, that would in turn not only put up the money for the school, but give the winner air time on the station.
I began to focus my efforts on these scholarships, honing my music skills and working tirelessly towards making my dreams a reality. I actually tied for first place, and the school was so impressed with my commitment to my craft, they gave me the full prize amount for first place and covered all my years tuition at the music school. I was able to graduate and be placed in a prestigious orchestra in New York City. We play on the holidays, for Broadway shows, and we are soon traveling to Italy to perform. The scholarships helped me not only make my dream a reality, it allowed me to earn more than I ever imagined.
Education is the foundation to success We have all heard it before. Today, the importance of a degree has been often challenged as a new generation has become the largest group of college graduates. Does this mean a degree is less important? Or, does it mean that without a degree well-paying jobs would be unachievable? I have challenged both sides of the argument.
I spent one year in college before deciding to work my way up to my goal. Racking up student loans was unappealing to me. Through my experience working I found myself jealous of anyone who stated that they graduated college or that they were currently attending. My heart ached for the experience, however, I couldnt understand why.
I was getting life experience doing the job I wanted to do, by starting from the bottom and working my way up. I questioned why my heart felt such sadness for not achieving the degree. Was it simply the social stigma? Declaring that I was smarter than the rest? Was I embarrassed to not have a piece of paper? Questions flooded my mind trying to understand why my soul craved education so deeply. The sadness soon became too much to bear and I decided to return to school. I always saw college as a way to land higher paying jobs. I soon discovered that it wasnt the piece of paper that I was aching for, but it was the stimulation of my mind that I craved. I craved education. I did not want to accomplish a goal; I wanted to expand my mind. I wanted to take advantage of what was given to me and learn all that a person could in a lifetime.
In a world so advanced to technology we have education at our finger tips. Expanding our minds can give us clarity and the ability to move society forward for future generations. To be a generation of intelligence is a goal worth achieving, not the paper to prove it, but the experience and knowledge that could take us through life. You may be wondering what the career is that I chose for myself. Well, that was easy, I chose to spend my life educating future generations, creating the love and passion that I have for expanding my mind in hundreds of young intellects. I will forever teach them the value of freeing their minds through boundless knowledge.