Why Get an Education

Judging by the title of this post,
one would assume that I am going to talk about the benefits of going to school
and why it is so important. I mean, don’t get me wrong, an education is very
important and all too often taken for granted in many places, but going to
school it isn’t for everyone.

When I was in seventh grade, at
thirteen, I was told that I need to start thinking about my future and decide
what college or university I want to go to. That’s right, I was thirteen years old.
Now, in a way this was understandable because in the town I grew up in, we have
a few choices of high schools we can go to: the town’s high school, the
catholic high school, the vocational school, or the agricultural school. So, in
seventh grade, depending on what idea you had for your future as a
thirteen-year-old, you could start to make your decision about the school that
you think suits you best for what you want to do with your life.

I, however, hadn’t the slightest
idea. In fact, about a year later, I thought I wanted to be a forensic
anthropologist…until I realized 1) that I don’t have enough money for that much
school and 2) I don’t even like getting my own blood drawn why would I want to
examine a someone else’s dead body for hours on end?  Well my naïve self, decided to go to the
town’s public high school because none of the others offered what I wanted to
do. I held on to this idea for a career all the way until my junior year of
high school when I took a marine science course. I live close to the ocean and
have always grown up near it, but I never really learned about it until then. I
guess you could say I was hooked (see what I did there). I decided to
completely change what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and even then,
I’m still uncertain at times.

Now that you have a slight
background on me and my life, here is the purpose of the post. You Do Not Need To Get A Degree To Be Successful. That is something that is thrown at children at a very
young age. You go to school, get a degree, get a job, and live happily ever
after with financial stability (I’m not even going to get into the
ridiculousness of that last part). That is not the case at all, especially

People who went go to trade school
can use their learned trade and continue that career, like my dad did. People
can go into the military right out of high school, get a career out of it, or
even new skills, like my brother and friends did. People can go to college for
a few years, get an associates degree (or not) and go into the world and find a
job like my mom and friends’ parents. People can graduate high school and go
right into the workforce. Or, you can graduate high school, go to college, and
work for a degree.

Education is not the end all be all
of one’s life. Some people are in their forties, fifties, and older still
deciding what they want to do. Some people get a degree in one thing and then
get a job doing something completely different with their life. There is no one
specific thing you or anyone else has to do for their entire life. And whether or
not you further your education is completely up to you and should not be judged
by anyone else.

It is okay to not know. It is okay
to not get an education. It is okay to live your life however you want to. It
is your decision to make.

Make good decisions,

Beca 🙂


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