We’ve already established that I was a terrible student when I was growing up. We don’t need to continue on about how I would claim to have “forgotten” my homework or how I would drop my progress reports behind the couch so my parents wouldn’t know about my grades.
I loved to learn and was always knowledge-hungry while growing up. I was quite the nerd. I was so strange, the other kids in class knew I was a little “off” and would have a hard time connecting with me. I don’t blame them. My idea of fun during free time was to sit in the loneliest corner of the classroom and read ahead in our science textbook or think to myself … aloud. Learning was awesome and it felt great to keep up in conversations with older kids and adults. Unfortunately, the system that facilitated my learning definitely wasn’t a good fit for me. My chances of going to a high-ranking university diminished as I continued to get average-to-low grades toward my last years in high school.
Luckily, in the United States, we have options surrounding further education. There are community colleges, vocational schools, and local state campuses. I went to my local state university, which was only about fifteen minutes away from my home, so I enrolled in a 4-year program. Funny story is, my greatest experiences were not succeeding in my classes. Again, the traditional learning model in our country’s education system did not actually facilitate my knowledge base. My interaction with fellow peers were much more effective at teaching me skills I would continue to use, today.
When I started university, I was depressed, self-deprecating, and feeble. I did not have a backbone and floated about. During my first year, I somehow found a student organization called InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and joined it. Slowly, I met a group of welcoming and influential people who not only engaged with me in terms of my faith, but also as a human. I was challenged to consider stepping out of comfort and get involved with leadership. It was a bumpy road, but combined with my higher-level classes, it was the perfect environment for me to thrive, intellectually. I discovered that I learned best by applying lessons toward actual situations.
These days, I can say that I am significantly more confident and I seek to be a positive influence in my community. Although I stumbled through school most of my life, I was given multiple chances to thrive. I gained intellectual knowledge, a valuable network, and a career because I had the right to go to school. You, my friend, have most likely received this gift as well.
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