Editorial: The Value of Education

Staff Editorial

Illustration by Stephanie Perez

Don’t be a fool; stay in school. We’ve all heard that line before, whether it was from parents or even teachers, but what does it actually mean?

For most of us, the opportunity to receive an education from a college or university is something of a blessing. Some of us may see it as a doorway to our futures.

Others may see it as continuing education and learning new things to apply in their lives.

Despite all the reasons for receiving an education, why do so many seem to fall through the cracks of not being successful?

Blame can be passed around all day. We can say we weren’t pushed or that our teachers didn’t prepare us well enough for what college would bring to the table.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, only we are going to be held accountable.

What does your education mean to you? Although the answer probably will vary greatly from one student to the next, it’s probably safe to say that most would see it as the way to a better life.

How can it be then that many students feel they can succeed with the same tactics that guided them to success in high school?

Th e idea that cutting corners and procrastination still are an option is halted only by the reality check of the first failing grade.

Amarillo College boasts one of the best educational institutions in the country, with many overqualified instructors.

The opportunities here are abundant, so why even risk wasting them?

Simply getting through class and halfheartedly doing assignments might have worked in grade school, and for some it might even get you through college, but what does it really mean in the long run?

What good is a degree that was earned with no real eff ort? Whatever happened to being the best because you earned it or even just striving to be at your best?

AC is an incredible launching pad for any career. Th at doesn’t sound like something anyone would want to squander.

Push yourself. Don’t settle for being good enough, because that’s not good enough for the world anymore.

As cliche as it may sound, take it and run with it. Education is a tool that can’t be underestimated. Value yours, and don’t take it for granted.

With the cost of an education these days being so high, most would think the motivation would be there.

Earning a degree is something preached to us as children as something necessary to succeed in today’s world.

If asked, many students would reply that their education is important because it provides knowledge or skills for future endeavors. What if the question were changed?

How hard are you willing to work for your education? Th e answers no doubt would be very diff erent. Some might say they would do anything and everything; others, not so much.

Obviously, receiving an education ultimately is up to each individual. Perhaps some even are in school just out of obligation. Some of those people might even obtain great financial success or other success without ever entering a college campus.

At the end of the day, it probably can be said that success comes in many shapes and forms. Some of it may be monetary; other forms of success may be moral growth and development.

Educational success is a way to find great opportunities in life, and the road there might possibly be very bumpy. We all need to understand that in order to be great, preparation is required. Now the only question is what we all want to be great at.

The debate about the importance of education never will end.

If nothing else, leave yourself pondering this question: What does your education mean to you?

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