Although education filtered through schools are a great thing and should not be taken for granted, many things grow us that we learn outside of school. As students grow, transitioning from middle school to high school and from high school to college, they should be taking advantage of their youth and learning all that they can before it becomes more difficult to retain information as they age.
Youth is a time to learn about who you are. Even in your twenties, your last hurrah is not around the corner! You have time to explore and learn accordingly. Many opt for passions in art, music, and athletics.
Education through schools can help one intellectually, but it will not help you decide what you are going to do with your life. It is not going to choose your college major either. Instead, I find that all of the careers I feel that I could pursue have been discovered by my own exploration and learning of the subjects. It is this information that sticks with me through the years and have shaped me in my understanding of the world and my purpose in it.
With becoming your own person, or as my high school teachers would say, “coming of age,” one may find the need and desire to educate themselves in spiritual matters. Often, this is something that will stick with you forever because of your belief in the subject. It will also shape how you think and mold you accordingly. It is something that one should be informed about, as with any other subject, before making it a part of your life because of it’s implications.
Although you may not feel passionate about all of the courses you take or have taken, you may feel drawn to a subject such as athletics, music, art, etc… Discovering what you are passionate about is a great way to decipher what you may want to pursue career-wise. The things you do and the things you are attracted to will be great means for future jobs and dreams.
Education For Education’s Sake
Sometimes, one may find themselves just desiring education. If that is the case, reading books and websites on the subjects have broadened my horizons and allowed me to see past the four walls that surround me. Hearing other’s opinions and knowledge often will give you new insight and allow you to think more clearly about subjects with knowing both sides of the story. One of my favorite websites for random education is linked here, for your intellectual pleasure.
It is in this sense that the education learned outside of school will help one in their education in school. Every student has a thirst for knowledge – they must, however, find the subject they thirst for. Take it from Kermit the Frog, as quoted from Reel Life Wisdom, “Just because you haven’t found your talent doesn’t mean you don’t have one.” It will take time and students may have more than one interest, but all-in-all, education outside of a school setting is one of the best things a student can do for themselves. It will give students a desire to thrive in the classroom because they have found an interest that may be a future goal or career as well.