What is college for?
What’s college for? This question has been daunting on every college or college hopeful students mind at least once. Back in the day it was a lot simpler for a student to answer that question, but now not so much. Students back in the 70s and 60s went to college to obtain the American dream, however now that is not the case. In today’s society, there is one major flaw with the students and that is rise of the excellent sheep.
An excellent sheep is a student who is just trying to fill up their credential so they can look more appealing during admission process. After getting in to college they tend to only focus on major they believe would be profitable to them in the long run. Excellent sheep supports a world where money is more valued than passion, where success is valued over freedom, and where grades are valued over character. This directly opposes the reason why William …show more content…
An empathic is a individual who has the ability to understand another feelings. This is illustrated in the play, History Boys, by Alan Bennett. In the play Hector one of the teachers stated, “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours." (Bennet 56) This statement by Hector epitomizes Deresiewicz beliefs because this is the pinnacle example of what it means to have empathy, It is to understand others regardless if you know them for years or they are just dead strangers. This is what Deresiewicz is necessary for young college students because college students most obtain not only the tactile and mental skills, but also the emotional and personal skill in order for them to be successful in the job field, nut also to be successful at
Empathy is the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. In English class this year, we’ve learned about the Holocaust and how the Jews were affected. Reading the book Night, by Elie Wiesel showed us a close up to lives of the Jews and more specifically his life. We talked about the bystander effect and not doing something is the worst thing you can do. An example could be the story we read on Kitty Genovese, who was killed while like almost thirty watched.
Empathy. The ability to understand what someone else is going through by putting oneself in their place and situation. All throughout history, people have struggled with the concept of empathy. For example, Jews have been mistreated for hundreds of years on numerous occasions by those of an advantaged position, African Americans have been subjugated by the privileged White throughout much of American history, and this struggle is even seen today with the prejudice towards Muslims across the world. Harper Lee created a timeless piece of literature that has lived on for plenty of years because of its theme of empathy and the challenges that the characters face regarding it.
There are many students in high school who have started to think about college; if it’s essential for them. Most parents encourage their children to apply. Nowadays education is very valuable to the point that it will help a student get a job in the future. A job that is well paid and provides a good living for that person. Many controversies have been set high whether college is worth it or that it is not for everyone.
Is college for everyone? This question that most high/college students have asked themselves some time in their life. Pharinet evaluates this notion in his blog posted in 2007 on AssociatedContent.com “Is College for Everyone” in which she uses her experience, logic, emotion and reasoning as a college professor to identify the issues and answer the question, “is college for everyone? Many individuals believe that obtaining a college degree is needed in order for success to be obtained.
We as a society are manipulated by the idea that a college education will fix all of our problems and allow us to pursue a successful life. In the essay “College In America” by Caroline Bird mentions that a college education is not the best choice for all high school graduates because it leads to the assumption that a college education is the only possible way to establish one’s identity in society. Although college is the staple after graduating high school not all sustain the qualities it takes to succeed in the intellectual work given and some career fields do not have a connecting relationship to a college education reminding us that even though these claims are based in the 1970s it is still relevant in today’s society.
Throughout the essay, Charles Murray stresses the idea that college is the wonderland of finding oneself and to find the career that one would want to follow for the rest of their lives. “College is seen as the open sesame to a good job and a desirable way for adolescents to transition to adulthood. Neither reason is as persuasive as it first appears.” Murray, C (2008) Practically spoken, this is not normally the case. College is a fair amount of work, much more work than one would normally acquire through any course of a high school or secondary school setting.
By being exposed to different types of literature, I have observed they often use empathy to place the readers in each character’s shoes. By doing so, the reader will be able to understand the perspective of each character, as authors want you to. Though their perspectives are different, it is the similarities and comparisons between such that allow the readers to have a better understanding. Often these themes will show a conflict and a resolution; such as a character tolerating the judgement of society, to a resolution where the character accepts that they do not need to pay any heed to the
As a college student who is currently spending thousands of dollars to further my education and achieve a career goal, it was, at first, disheartening to read Caroline Bird ’s essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money”. However, after thoroughly examining her points, I now see that her essay is illogical. In her piece “College is a Waste of Time and Money”, Caroline Bird argues against the idea that “college is the best place for all high-school graduates” (1); in other words, college isn’t for everyone. Throughout her writing, Bird supplies her readers with evidence that explains how, for some individuals, college is a waste of not only time and money, but of intellectual effort, as well.
In George Saunders’ essay from The Guardian, he states, “We often think that the empathetic function in fiction is accomplished via the writer’s relation to his characters, but it’s also accomplished via the writer’s relation to his reader” (The Guardian). In Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron”, we can see this idea shown through the reader’s connection with Harrison. Vonnegut uses the main character of the story, Harrison Bergeron, as a symbol of empathy by allowing the reader to relate to his desire for individuality.
Many of the topics we discussed throughout the semester highlight the influences on how a person forms empathy and to what level of complexity and depth a given individual experiences empathy. Mainly, in the film Life’s First feelings, which discusses studies on empathy in infancy. Empathy is cultivated
Ages 18 through early to mid 20’s is a critical time in a person’s life. Some may go to college, some may go straight into the work force, and some may dwindle for a year or two until they decide what life path to take. In the article, “Who are You and What are You Doing Here?” , Mark Edmundson outlines the importance of choosing what to study, doing what makes you happy, to the “incoming class.” Edmundson’s words take a creative stand point on college and aim to inform, inspire, and persuade the incoming class about college and its actual purposes.
Why do I want to attend college? College is an honorary achievement and it separates the determined from the undetermined. Owning a college to degree is an honor and an ecstatic feeling. Through college, that job is that much closer in the grasp. Through college, a person can perform at an elite level and really push themselves for greatness.
Imagine that you have just graduated high school. You are more full of life, enthusiasm, and energy than you have ever been. Your four years of hard work have finally paid off, and now it is time for the next step. According to your parents, teachers, and just about every other authority figure in your life, college is that step. However, what if that did not have to be so?
High school graduates are starting to feel that they must go to college. Students are consistently being bombarded with different ideas of what to do after high school, most of which require some type of schooling or degree. Instructors and counselors commonly persuade students to think that we only have one option to be successful with a college degree. College might not be for everyone! From my research, I found many articles on reasons why people go to college, reasons they do not go to college, and statistics on going and not going to college.
English Mid-Year Introflection How might empathy help others or societies? “Empathy is about standing in someone else 's shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place” (Daniel H.Pink). This is what empathy is. Empathy is really important to make the world actually work well.