Monday, March 24, 2014

College Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Students, at the end of secondary school years, only think of higher education as a destination. They take the SAT and ACT exams again and again, so they may have a better chance to secure a position on the college’s merit list. After their enrollment into a college, these students continue their old routine and their only ambition is to score a good job. They only think of colleges as a destination, which in return, will help them reach another destination.

Such behavior from students is not surprising because most of our society is result oriented, which focuses only on different goals that it has to overcome. We are so much focused on small parts that most often we fail to see the whole picture. Very few can understand the lifelong objectives and consider different goals and destinations as milestones that they had to overcome in their journey.

Most colleges show their results categorized in different ranks, thus giving another reason to kids for entering the race, the race to score the highest grades. All their attention focuses on class positions rather than the complete four years they will spend at the college.

When you see college rankings, you will observe that many colleges have secured their place in the first ten, but still very few would be known to you. This is because these colleges only focus on their rankings and not on the entire picture. They should prioritize their approach more carefully, rather than focusing only on their students’ marks, they should guide their students the entire four years they spend with them, in every aspect of life. Help them uncover their hidden abilities, their desires, and interests. They should teach them about the upcoming challenges and extracurricular activities, so it may help them in their long journey ahead.

Parents and students should not only try for enrollment in top ranking colleges, but they should also consider those that may fit the particular individual. Similarly, colleges, instead of overloading students with a magnitude of assignments including essay and paper writings, should give students some place to groom and let them decide what they want to learn besides their course subjects. May be some students are good in sports, some in music, painting, poetry and others in electronics, mechanics etc., so help those students to learn and master these skills.

The students mastering both the academic and co-curricular aspects including their own skills will have better chances in future. Even if they cannot find a job, they can survive on their own polished skills and abilities, which will help through their journey of life.

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