This I Believe

Erica - Suffolk, Virginia
Entered on November 19, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

Many students dread going to school every day. I was never one of these kids. My first day of real school, I could not wait to get on the bus that would take me to a small, white building at a rural, private school. Although I cannot remember my first day of preschool, I do remember meeting my first best friend and together we began our journey where we became educated preschoolers. Being taught to color in the lines, learning letters and numbers, and being instructed on saying please and thank you are a few things I learned. The things I learned in preschool may not have a large effect on my life today, but it began my educational career. I yearned for an education at a very young age. There were not many times when I refused story time or did not do my homework. I loved school as a kid and in high school my desire to learn only grew larger which resulted in me graduating at the top of my class. There were times that I did not want to get up in the morning to go to my uninteresting classes, but I forced myself to go and learn. I strived as a student in lower, middle, and high school because I did not want to be left in the dark like so many. I have always been very curious and because of this I want to learn as much as possible. This is where education comes into play.

Education is a necessity in life. To be successful in the business world one needs to receive at least a college degree. The atmosphere in which I learn has changed drastically this year; I went from being at a small, private school in a rural area for fourteen years to being at a large, public university in an urban area. Being in such an extreme change of atmosphere made me want to crawl into my shell and not come out, but my inquisitiveness for a higher education has pushed me to strive for the best by doing my work and going to class. College is a journey that many do not experience; it is not only classes and papers, it is getting involved in society and beginning the life that you make for yourself. I want to receive my college degree and know that I have received the best education available so that I can find the job that suits me, not me having to settle for a job that I do not want.

My parents sent me to a private school so that I could receive the best education possible. No, I do not remember everything that was presented to me in class, in books, or on paper, but I know that I have the knowledge to succeed in the future. College is the next step to getting educated and creating a future that I can call my own. So many people in today’s society do not have the educational requirements to receive a job and they do not understand that a college education is essential.