Get it Done! (why are we in school?)

Back in the day I used to write a blog for my University. I've transferred a couple of the posts to this site because the blog is no longer active. I have dated them according to when they were published so as not to add any confusion. Enjoy!

I’ve seen them, you’ve seen them, we’ve all seen them. I am talking about the posters hung all over campus with the words “Get it Done” splashed across in big, bold letters – get it done…is that really why we are here? To simply get it done? I am not so sure…

Perhaps it’s time we start asking some important questions: Why am I here? Where did I come from? Why do I find myself here on this earth? What is the purpose of life? And where the heck do babies come from?

OK, maybe I got ahead of myself there, and sorry if I led you on because unfortunately I am not going to answer any of  these cosmic questions – especially the one about babies because I believe that falls outside the boundaries of my responsibilities as a student blogger – I am, however, going to address the question more locally: Why are we here?

I can’t help but notice that the general idea behind going to university has sadly become: get in, get it done, get out. But is this really what it’s all about?

When I was reflecting on why I became a student and what my job is as a student, I realized that there is only one reason that I am here: to learn. As soon as I came to this realization I was able to clear away the fog and stumbling blocks of all the ‘other’ reasons society has shoved down my throat as to why I am here: to do my work to get good grades to get a degree to become employable – or simply, to get myself up off the couch, all of which, quite frankly, are not good enough reasons for me. To be perfectly honest, I think these reasons suck.

I am not here to please my professors or my parents or because I want a piece of paper with a shiny seal on it that society has deemed as ‘valuable’. I have one life to live, I want to live it to the fullest, I want to grow to the fullest, I want to learn to the fullest, and I want to be the best that I can be and so I came here to learn. 

And how do I learn? Yes, through sitting in class. And yes, through reading my textbooks and writing  papers, but it doesn’t stop there. Learning involves more than just reading what is placed in front of us (and let’s be honest, most of the time the way we ‘read’ our assigned books hardly constitutes REAL reading; I’ve put more energy into focusing on Gossip Girl novels then on books assigned in English 104). And so as a student my job is not just to skim through “Intro to the New Testament”, highlighting terms that may be on the exam, thinking as long as my fingers come into contact with the page I’ve done my job – no, my job as a student is so much more than that and expands beyond what my professors force me to read – required texts are just a professors desperate attempt to use whatever power they have to try and get us to learn.

So what am I trying to say here? Am I just venting? Trying to encourage you to do that reading for tomorrow’s class that you have been putting off? To pick up that novel for English and finally crease the spine? Well, yes, but no. This semester I have committed myself to being a student and that means not only reading what is required but also building up my own personal library and reading those things in my spare time (yes, it is OK to read things in your spare time). I am cutting back on my jobs and the amount of time I spend working in order to make money (which, trust me, money is NOT the most important thing) and I am picking up a book instead, and I am writing down my thoughts instead, and I am living a full life as a student instead.

I stumbled across a quote from an unknown source that says: “An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” 

So GO! Be a student. Don’t just be here to “Get it Done,” be here to experience, to learn, to live. 

“Oh, the places you will go!” 

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