Many words of wisdom were uttered at
graduation; many words of encouragement were whispered to
the seniors by the administrators. In the end though, none
of the words were adequate enough to prepare us for the
separation that many seniors will have to endure from family
and friends as they make their own destinies in the vast
world of college.
As I look back on the years of high
school, I remember fears of facing new teachers and
intimidating upperclassmen. I remember rejoicing over the
prospect of having a one-minute warning bell that reminded
students to get to class after socializing for a few minutes
in the hallway. I also remember looking through the course
manual and being overwhelmed every year by the preparation
of my schedule.
Some of the more recent memories include
the stresses of shopping for a dress for prom and the
Valedictorian tearing up her transcript while she was giving
her speech on stage.
In any case, high school had a mix of the
good, the bad, and the ugly, and provided me with an
additional sense of security that I will miss greatly.
And now, the world of college seems to
have amplified many of the issues I faced in high school. So
many classes to choose from, so much personal
responsibility- Iím sure Iím not alone when I say that it
can be an alarming prospect.
However, higher education is necessary in
a nation that is birthing more college graduates than ever
before and where structural unemployment is becoming such a
That said, there are many problems with
the higher education system, including the towering costs
and admissions processes. Many in the Texas Congress were
spurring controversy over a rule that allows for automatic
admission for a graduate, provided they rank within the top
10 percent of their high school, to any public university in
Although this process does speed up the
selection of students, it may also exclude many qualified
students who simply write better essays or interview well.
Additional dilemmas colleges have faced
include the issues of affirmative action and alumni legacy
admis-sion.Despite its shortcomings, none of us can deny the
value of a college education. Itís the next step in a
journey that has made me grow from a young and naÔve
freshman into a confident and somewhat self-assured senior.
I mentioned earlier about how students
shape their own destinies and to a certain extent I believe
thatís true. However, in the end, it all comes down to the
support and respect one can gain from others and the bonds
of trust many of us will forge with strangers in the world.
Of course, my astrologer tells me
otherwise, as she believes our destinies have already been
prepared- we have only to reach them in time. Whatever the
ultimate theory may be, the journey so far has been
unbelievable and I'm glad itís just begun.