Nelson Mandela, a remarkable world figure, once said that “education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”. Though Nelson Mandela can seem like a man far removed from me, his words strike true for me because my parents have taught me the same idea in both words and action. Both of my parents were the first in their families to go to college, and they have impressed upon me the importance of doing so. They have taught me that the most important skill one can possess is to think.
The are many reasons that young people want to go to college. Some are simply forced into it by expectation, others go only to find themselves a well paying career for financial security. Thinking introspectively, I find that there are three main reasons that I would like to go to college. First of all, I do want to prepare myself for the career path that I have chosen. Getting a good college education would prepare me to apply to and study in medical school. I have known from the first grade that I wanted to be a pediatrician, but I have also known that the medical career poses long years of education. Without college, I would never be able to realize my dream of becoming a doctor and working with children.
Though not generally put into the category of ‘career’, I know that one day I am going to be a parent. When I am, I would like to have the ability to teach my children the way that my parents have been able to teach me. I want to be able to answer their questions and encourage them to learn for their entire lives. College will prepare me not only for the more tangible career of medicine that I have chosen, but also for the possible calling of being a future parent.
I know that I would specifically like to go to a liberal arts college because I agree with the idea that college is not meant to merely teach one job specific skills, but to teach one to think. I want to be an active and educated citizen of my community, church, and country. When analyzing political or social issues, I want to be able to truly evaluate the arguments rather than being led by sensationalist media. Even as a Christian, I know that I want to understand, as much as I can, what I believe. I want to be able to give an apology of my faith to others, and through that, be a better witness and Christian.
Aside from learning how to think and preparing one for later in life, college is great place for a young adult to grow as a person. When I go to college, I will be the tender age of seventeen, eager and terrified to go out on my own. I will learn my strengths, but also my weaknesses. College will be the first time that I will truly be out on my own, away from my parents, for an extended period of time. College gives a safe ground for young people to test their wings and, inevitably, fall. It is a place where all will grow in ways that they may not have completely forseen.
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