Over the past 3 1/2 years I have embarked on an educational journey that has impacted my life significantly. The tertiary level of education by itself is already stressful but when you’re a science major it takes on a life of its own and replaces the life you once knew. You not only have to attend classes but endure long rigorous lab hours. It has pushed me to the brim and unleashed strength I never knew I had. There were periods of isolation where I was only concerned with things that helped me pass exams and kept me sane.
It is evident that the system is flawed; there isn’t enough time for one to truly understand and appreciate what’s being taught. It makes students more concerned with passing than anything else which in essence defeats the purpose of the experience. We go through the motions and at the end of it, all we have to show is a piece of paper that society says determines our worth.
I’ve learned that it’s not about how much you study, the amount of effort you give or how great you did in high school. It requires a very unique skill set that allows you to stay ahead; recognizing when your professor is giving indirect assistance; being able to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and acting accordingly …do you retain more information in the morning or at night? It’s about finding flaws in the system that can be exploited while retaining your integrity.
I have gained appreciation for general education courses not just because they boost your GPA but some have changed my perspective on life in the midst of all the chaos. The most important lesson of all is that you essentially teach yourself. It’s like being given pieces of a puzzle sometimes not all of the pieces and having to put it together within a specific amount of time. I am grateful for the opportunity, for I have accomplished something not many can. I am grateful for the people who I’ve met and the memories that will be with me for a lifetime.