The Importance of Formal Education

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“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” As said by Theodore Roosevelt. While going to college may not be an attainable opportunity, I believe for those that it is reasonable to, should take every step towards higher education. For me, the decision was an easy one. Higher education is a privilege that I would not take for granted. Although I have only attended college for two years, I have expanded my knowledge, my communication, and my future opportunities. Being in college does not just have to do with schooling but in fact living. The ability to live on my own while being given the responsibilities of college has extended my intellect and my abilities in life skills. Living with parents had its obvious perks – food, a roof over your head, and no worry of bills – and I was given a very linear set of tasks to complete such as homework, laundry, and possibly a job or sports. While high school had its times where it was stressful, the jump from high school to college has given me a lot of insight as to what it meant to truly live on my own. I was given the old responsibilities of high school and the added responsibilities of adulthood were added on as well. This included simple objectives like going to classes on my own and buying my own groceries but included harder things too such as paying bills and money management. And while my first year of living on my own in a dorm did Cartozian 2

not have quite the intensity as living in a house does, the dorms set me up to be prepared for situations and take care of the task that was at hand. This meant having to communicate with those around me. In college, interaction everyday with those around me is extremely important. This is because I communicate with everybody involved with me. This includes my teachers, friends, acquaintances, and even my parents; being able to communicate clearly and...
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