Alan Morrow

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Alan Morrow

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"An Appreciation of Education"

Submitted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The importance of college education is overlooked today, taken for granted, marked up in price and marketed as a commodity that everyone needs to get a job. Instead, we should recognize that college is the final step in discovering what the world is and our stance in it.

Education lies at the core of what a human is. As we as a race started out as a society and achieved the fundamentals of food, shelter and survival, the human mind started to expand and grasp at the cusp of education. From this start, and through time, passing great scholars and philosophers of ancient culture, to the rapid developments of science today, our brains have thrived off higher learning. The understanding we achieve through higher learning is not just to mingle with knowledge, memorizing facts and people deemed important by the generation before us. The true purpose of higher learning, or as most adolescents call it, college, is to provide the intellectual playground that is not experienced in high school. This learning environment is such a stark difference from the pressures of other types of school that the students who take this leap are rewarded with learning more about their morals, beliefs, and identity. The classroom discussions lead to self-discovery, the literature immerses us in new ideals, the social groups, and different ideas that are given life allow many students for the first time to appreciate education.

The opportunity that we have as college students to continue our education through adulthood, allowing the still-developing mind to expand, is much more than other people around the world can say they have.