I hear the complaints from students all the time: “Oh this school sucks, I can’t wait to leave,” “I wish I didn’t have to do any homework, my teacher is stupid.” La dee da la dee da. I too at times will get down and have a few choice words to share with friends about the stress of college life. But with only four weeks to go as a senior, I’m starting to savor the moments I have in my classes, for too soon I will be on my way to bigger troubles as a young adult, which brings me to this: Stop bitchin’ about being in college.
Yes, classes can be a bore, fellow students can be annoying, professors can be uncaring and assign too much work, but we’re a fortunate few. We get to go to college, receive a degree and are able to be ahead of the ever-growing curve of employment. We experience what kids in rural areas and ghettos can only lay in bed and dream about: Parties, school gatherings, friends, bad food, sporting events and knowledge.
As Americans, we take too much for granted and schooling would be at the top of the list. We have the chance to go to college and better our lives, but so much time is spent complaining and wanting to get out so quickly that we do not stop and take a moment to bask in the glory of being a part of what really has become an elite group of people: The college educated.
I think about where I would be if I was not able to go to Eastern. One, I would not be in school because I cannot afford Gonzaga University or Whitworth University. Two, I would miss out on all the events and friends I have made. Three, I would have a harder time getting a job because I would not be a college graduate.
Those facts make me stop and thank God I’ve been able to do something neitherof my parents had the chance to do; finish college.
When you complain about the little trivial matters of college, ask yourself where you’d be without an education. How far in life would you get? What do you know now because you went to college that you didn’t know before?
You may be surprised at the answers, but most of all, you may be surprised at the new outlook you have on your college experience.