LeeAnn Trudel’s story and especially Malala’s story goes to show that when obstacles stand in your way, you have to overcome them to fulfill your dream, because if you do not you will one day become resentful for never achieving what you could have. LeeAnn Trudel was in graduate school at Catholic University in 1984 and was working for her PHD in school psychology. She was aspiring to be a child’s psychologist. Her master advisor had recommended a Statistics class for her first year of graduate school. She took the course not knowing the tedious work that was yet to come.
College: Is It Worth It? As a student in high school, the pressure of figuring out what I want to do in the future is real. The idea of growing up and getting a college education seems to be always in the back of my mind and it is hard. What if I don’t want to go to college? It’s hard to even think about that seeing as not going to college is often seen as lazy and irresponsible, but should it be seen that way?
First, Molly’s human development is inhibited by her adoptive mother expecting her to behave like a lady and punishing her for success within other roles, such as Student Body President. This lack of freedom to decide what she wants to do is also applicable to her financial constraints that shaped her college decision based on scholarships as well as limitations surrounding her ability to be a film director due to her gender and sexuality. Personally, my human development was ultimately shaped by myself, however, my parents had influence in the background. While my parents expected me to attend college and get a job right after school, I ultimately wanted the same thing for myself and had some freedom in deciding which university to attend as well as what field to get a job in. However, I attended TCU, which they were strong proponents of, and pursuing jobs in the banking industry, which they regard as stable and respectable positions.
Caroline Bird’s argument against postsecondary education is incorrect, specifically her beliefs that students are exposed to too many options and graduates only desire jobs that save people. First, Caroline Bird shares her belief that “a college experience that piles option on option …merely adds to the contemporary nightmare.” Although too many options are sometimes overwhelming, limiting choices would also create undue pressure for students. For instance, as a student, I am exposed to several options: what classes I should take, what major I should major in, what professors I should take, etc. This allows me control over my education, so I can avoid being pressured into a class or a major that is not right for me. As a matter of fact, author Virginia N. Gordon found statistical evidence that about 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation (Freedman).
She was really angry at her parents which shows that moving can be hard. I was kind of ready because I have moved a lot. Making Text to World connections can also show that some events in the book can be linked to things happening in the real world. Another example of this would be when the five main characters transitioned from elementary school to high school and had to make new friends. Stella felt very angry for having to start high school in a different city where she had no friends.
In modern day society, dropping out of any school whether it be college or high school is frowned upon. From a young age, most children are told by parents, teachers and mentors that if they drop out of school they will go nowhere in life. Most students do not drop out of elementary or middle school, but as they progress into high school and college some of them will decide that furthering their education is not for them. In Alex Kern’s blog post Don’t Drop Out, he makes several good arguments for leaving school, but he shows that he is strongly in favor of school and graduating by talking about how each field of study has worth, school pushing an individual out of his/her comfort zone is a good thing and how good students do not need to teach
Towards the end of the memoir, when her family moved to New York for a better chance at life, Maureen fell victim to distraction. After graduating high school, she applied for college, but while instead of succeeding, she never really applied herself. She ended up living with her homeless parents, and even though she picked up small jobs here and there, they never really lasted. She started smoking and ended up stabbing her own mother and going to jail. You can say all of this happened because she never had to pick up her own weight, so when it came time for her to get out into the world for herself, she crumbled.
So why should you be penalized? While it is true there are times when a college degree gets you in the door and pushes you up the ladder more quickly, there’s a lot more to be said for self-motivation. Take Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Ted Turner—all were college dropouts. So eager was Peter Jennings to jumpstart his career that he dropped out of preparatory school and headed straight for the news desk. And, world-renowned poet Maya Angelou didn’t fnish high school.
My mom when she went to college wanted to join a sorority, but she was already working two jobs just so that she could attend college. She could not afford the price of the sorority on top of the price of school sadly. She wants me to do a sorority because she never had the opportunity too. That's why I went to the camp out. I didn't stay long, just long enough to ask some questions and eat a couple s'mores.
I have had a very difficult time adjusting to college because I knew how to take advice about asking for help and not actually asking for help when I needed it. During my freshman year, this was a great problem and this resulted in me ending the year with a low GPA and losing my scholarship. The wake-up call came when my strong mother broke down after I told her I had lost my scholarship and that she had to pay out of pocket for me to attend an expensive institution. Although I could have dropped out and attended the community college near my home, my mother reminded me that this was my one and only shot at a college education. For the next two semesters, I worked hard and brought my GPA above a 3.0 which helped me regain my scholarship.
The final decision was made when I began dating my current fiancé. I was already reflecting on my decisions that had lead me to begin the paperwork process, but having a boyfriend outside of my religion forced me to make the final decision. Going on a mission meant leaving home for eighteen months and virtually putting my life on hold. I would be sent anywhere in the world that was considered safe to travel for Americans, and the only communication I would maintain with home had to be through whether email or snail mail, depending on the area, once a week. Not only that but at the time I also had no place to call home, no job, degree, or even work experience so that I could hope to find a job when returning home.
Clayton – you deciding to go to college is the same reason I decided to go. I do well at the job I am at, but I am limited as to how far I can move up. Getting my degree will help me find something else in a different field and make more money. The short story “Everyday Use” reminds me of my mother because she did not go to school passed eighth grade. This did not keep her from going after what she wanted and it made her push me, and my two siblings to graduate high school.