Am I free? I asked myself over and over again after reading a quote “Only the educated are free.” As concluded by Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD), Discourse. I then realized I was not free. I want to be free, but how? I asked myself. Do I need to be rich or do I need to be the happiest man on earth? It finally occurred to me after pondering over it for some time. I need to work my way up the very top of the educational ladder and not just quit with a high school diploma nor halfway of my educational journey. I then realized why and how college education is important to me. I have what it takes to achieve higher education thanks to both the external and internal motivation at my disposal, I knew starting a degree program at Ashworth College could help me achieve my goals and dreams to become the best person I have always wanted to be. As a high school student, I had the passion to be behemoth as well as, to organize the finances of my family’s business and deliver care and assistance as part of my duties in the business. In order to do this, I need to be intelligent and expose my mind to new ideas that i may otherwise not have known about with just a high school diploma.
As concluded by Mark Twain (1996), “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned,” I realized I have a wonderful educational journey ahead of me and with determination and commitment, I can equip myself with what I would be, as well as learn the necessary courses that will enable me become the best healthcare administrator I have always wanted to be. Ergo, achieving my childhood dreams which is very necessary. A college education is yet to be the highest achievement anyone could get in my nuclear family. I am therefore thriving to be the first degree holder in my entire family. This has been the best decision I have made in a while now, albeit, the tension involved with this determination. Because of the external motivations from my family I am committed and motivated to keep going without losing focus or track of my goals.
I want to pursue a college education since I will be setting a good example and become a role model for my younger siblings. I would be a pioneer to be looked up to in my family in terms of ideas to run the family’s company and general opinions about issues. College education is therefore important to me because without it, I cannot count myself as the first person in my family to achieve a college education. I therefore agree with the acknowledgement of Horace Mann, (n.d.) “As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated.” College education can make me the best among the rest. Not to forget, the chances of getting a better job with a higher salary as a college graduate is higher than a High school graduate. I no longer want to continue flipping burgers as a second job to enable me support my family.
With college education, I could be hired as a full time worker in a renowned firm with a higher salary which can take care of my needs. Evolving-into the real world would give me life experience and also enable me meet intellectuals and different people from different walks of life. As concluded by Horace Mann, (1855)”Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power,” college education therefore, is important to me because I want to know more and be knowledgeable in my endeavors. To conclude, the supervision of my family’s business, thriving to be the first college degree holder in my family and the chances of getting a better job with a higher salary cannot be achieved without a college education, these factors therefore make college education important to me than ever.
Epictetus. (n.d.). Quotes.net. Retrieved from http://www.quotes.net/quote/6799 Mann, H. (1855). In Lectures on Education. Retrieved from http://www.qotd.org/search/search.html?aid=3014&page=2 Mann, H. (n.d.) In Compton’s by Britannica. Retrieved from http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/article-9275670/Horace-Mann Twain, M. (1935). Today in science history. Mark Twain’s Notebook, (139). Retrieved from http://todayinsci.com/QuotationsCategories/E_Cat/Education-Quotations.htm