Being a college student has taught me a lot over the past year. College is optional and in my opinion is the best way to educate yourself, whether its in mathematics or art. College (and university) is something I truly believe helps the teenagers of our society to not just gain knowledge for jobs, but knowledge for interacting with individuals in a friendly manner, this is the knowledge we will need every day in the near future and is something that has taught me a lot about others around me.
Now, obviously there are a lot of people within colleges and universities so being friendly and well mannered is key to making friends and enjoying your time there. Learning new things not just on certain subjects but about certain people is something i thoroughly enjoy and find very helpful. By learning different things about different people you may also discover new things about yourself, you may discover a whole new person within yourself just by talking to people who have different views and opinions. One conversation with someone, even a stranger, may change you for the rest of your life… hopefully for the better!
The friends I had when I started college are still there for me but I have made a whole new group of friends throughout the year, people I have known for a long time but never gave any thought on whether I should actually make an effort to talk to are now my closest friends I’ve ever had. Totally unexpected doesn’t even begin to describe the friendships I have. A few of my friends in particular have completely changed the outlook I have on life (for the better.) Becoming a motivated, happy person is the person I have molded into and I can’t thank the people I have in my life now enough for the amount of times they have helped me through the hard parts of this academic year.
Back to education. This is something that can also change you for the rest of your life, learning something different other than mathematics and English is something I am thankful I have the opportunity to do because there are many unfortunate children who do not have that chance. Taking control of educating yourself is something many people take for granted and just throw out the window. Why? Having the opportunity to get yourself up to that dream job and then completely blowing it off for a few ‘fun’ years will never be something I do. Now taking into account that a lot of people can’t turn up to school and college for legitimate reasons are the people I feel sorry for the most out of anyone. Not being able to grab that chance of becoming a Doctor or an Anthropologist or whatever someone may want to be is just unfair.
Any knowledge you can acquire makes you that little bit more powerful. Knowledge is power, knowledge is attractive and is most certainly helpful in any situation.
Social inequality has recently been something that has caught my eye. Over the past few months of being at college I have witnessed some things that have stunned me.
I am one of those people that constantly watches what happens around me between either two people or a number of people in different groups, now obviously there’s the popular, loud groups and then the quieter groups who keep to themselves. But what bothers me is why it matters what group you are in, why do people feel the need to constantly bully and verbally beat down people that are different?
I found myself in a situation the other day where I could hear two girls talking about another girl wearing ‘revealing clothes’ to college and how she makes herself seem ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’ now I’m not being funny… But what right do these girls have to speak about another female in such a horrible manner, this wasn’t exactly a winters day. Just because a girl shows some skin does not in any way give other people the right to judge her and assume what type of person she may be from her dress sense.
Being a girl myself I understand the struggles of having to dress accordingly to how society say is ‘right’. What people need to understand is, there is no right or wrong, if you’re aloud to wear your all black outfit, why isn’t someone aloud to wear the outfit they feel comfortable in too? The nerve of some people telling others how they should and shouldn’t dress is outrageous!
Moving too discrimination of people with tattoos and piercings (mainly within the workplace/schools) This is something I have been through myself throughout the last two years in my secondary school. During a mathematics lesson I was removed by my teacher and told to take my nose piercing out or I was to be sent to isolation where my parents would be brought in a for a talk with my tutor. During the talk I had with my math teacher when I was removed from the lesson, the reason I was told to take out my piercing was because it is distracting for the other students and places me within a certain group/ gave me a name for myself. Now, this was the very same school that told me told be comfortable with expressing myself and being the person I want to be ect. Now I know a nose piercing most certainly does not define who I am but is something I liked on myself. Then being told to remove it was beyond hypocrisy, ‘be comfortable with who you are, embrace your differences’ and then being told to remove it was just baffling. In certain situations such as a P.E lesson this request would of been understandable due to health and safety issues, but a mathematics class? I don’t think so.
Discrimination against those who look different is one major issue we face and is something I will always fight against. As the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover. Do not assume, do not judge and certainly do not label someone because of their appearance!