Confused and Wanting To Give Up
Where do you see yourself five years after high school? Do you see yourself working a dream job, living in a nice big house, and being able to meet the expenses of a lot of your hearts desires? I bet everyone has dreamt of a life like that. However, that life does not get handed to everyone; we have to work towards it. As a high school student you probably see that future as a life time away because of tuition prices and personal reasons. You should be able to enjoy life after high school instead of worrying about how to get by. To achieve a life like that I have found out that education is the main road to a successful and fulfilled future.
You might feel discouraged to go to college because the tuition rates are on a rise and you are convinced you cannot do it. Guess what? You can do it. If you feel discouraged because of the tuition rates there are scholarships, loans and grants for those tribulations. Not everyone qualifies for scholarships but it is a motivation to stay in school and get good grades. Loans are available for students and you do not have to pay anything until six months after you get your degree. Grants do not have to be paid back, if you qualify for a grant. If you think about it, the money you put into college you will get back after a couple of years at your new job. There are tutors for the ones who are apprehensive about how they will do in their college classes. Tutors are available to all students and are usually free.
Maybe family and friends are bringing you down about school. As Mark Twain states, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” A lot of people feel threatened of successful individuals so do not take in what friends and family have to say. Everyone has the ability to become great, you just need to take hold of it and do something with it.
If those are not the reasons and you do not want to go to college, then perhaps you feel like you will be okay without a degree. You probably will do fine without a degree but if you plan on having a family, a nice house, and buy things just for the fun of it, a low paying job will not get you all that, but it will get you by. Now days, a lot of regular jobs require for you to have a high school diploma or degree of some sort. Do not wait around for your dreams to come true make it happen; go above and beyond. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” - Les Brown
Maybe you feel like you do not need to finish school because you have someone to support you. What if something happens to the person that you depend on? What will you do then? Who will provide for you? Do you have a backup plan? You are probably thinking, “I hope that never happens,” or, “That would never happen.” It can happen and you need a backup plan. Family will not always be there to support you. If you get an education now, you will not have anything to regret later when you will need it the most. Education will always be there to fall back on.
I have felt it first hand, from disappointments, discouragements, to wanting to give up. School did not come easy to me. I was a good student but and a quiet person, yet people seemed to find something to pick on me about. For that reason my mom pulled me out of school two times.
After being pulled out of school the first time I really did not care how I did in school, I just wanted to quit. After being pulled out for the second time I went to work with my dad. That was when my eyes really opened. I have worked out in the field hoeing weeds and spraying fields since I was ten years old and I saw how hard it was for my parents, but it did not really hit me until now. I did not want to work that hard for the rest of my life to get a little paycheck in return. I did not want to clean houses for the rest of my life, like my mother, just because I did not finish school. I did not want to hoe and spray fields during the summer for some extra cash.
I was motivated to go to school after that and I did go back. I did great and I enjoyed it. I thought about college a couple of times but always came back discouraged because I was not able to go to college. I was not an American Citizen at the time but I wanted so badly to go to college. “How am I going to pay for it anyways?” Is what I thought. If only I would have know that loans were available and did not have to be paid off until after you got your degree. I could not go to college so I gave up on that dream.
Now I am able to go to college and I wish I would not have been in such a hurry to finish school and paid more attention to what was in front of me. I was not put in to college level classes right away because I was not ready for them; instead I was put in remediate classes. Remediate classes are there to help and refresh but will not transfer as credits to all colleges. Do not get me wrong, I have learned a lot but it would have been great to have been put in to college level class right away instead of being put in to these classes. I am here and taking it one step at a time to get to my goal.
It might feel like you are never going to get past this and convinced that you cannot do the extraordinary. You will not be able to if you stay in your box so do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone; do the unthinkable. Do not do let anyone else make your decisions for you, be your own person. You are all capable of being successful and yes it will be hard but do not let that discourage you. You will not get anywhere by being scared of the tough times. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain