When you’re in college, everyone will tell you that you’re living the best four years of your life. For most people, this is very true, but it may not feel like it when you’re buried in books, finals, and papers while stressing out over grades. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of perspective to remember why you’re on this journey. Here are 10 people who had the right idea.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela
You simply can’t curate a list of quotes without attributing one to Nelson Mandela, and this bit is very pertinent. We often forget that getting an education, while it may seem like a chore, is our way of equipping ourselves to accomplish all that we want to accomplish. You can’t get to where you want to be without some learning!
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” -Aristotle
All the studying, self-discipline, and test-taking may seem tedious now, but it’s all worth it when you think about the future. All the hard work you’re putting in will pay off in the form of self-discovery and new opportunities.
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” -Maya Angelou
It’s important to remember that education isn’t just the material you absorb from textbooks. The willingness to learn and see things from different perspectives is often more valuable than being able to ace a test. Apply this to all aspects of life, and don’t look down on others for their life choices without attempting to understand them.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” –Anthony J. D’Angelo
One thing that college is great for is helping your curiosity to bloom. If you have many questions and seek their answers, you’ll open a lot of doors for yourself and constantly embark on new journeys.
“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” John F. Kennedy
College gives you not only new information, but the ability to think critically. Never be afraid to question something and find out for yourself whether you believe it to be true. This will help you in your career, your relationships, and your personal growth.
“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” -Daniel J. Boorstin
Whether you’re attending college online or on-campus, one thing rings true of all classes you take: you’ll gain new information that you’ll never even knew existed. You can’t broaden your horizons without delving into the unknown, which is a great opportunity that’s provided for you when you go to school.
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” -Abigail Adams
In other words, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. Just being in school won’t make you smarter; it’s the hard work and dedication you put forth that will determine what you get out of it.
“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” -Will Durant
Did you ever hear the saying, “The more you learn, the less you know?” It isn’t until you explore new subjects that you realize just how much there is to be learned, which is what makes getting an education such a humbling experience.
“Change is the end result of all true learning.” –Leo Buscaglia
A lot of your classmates will say that everyone changes after school, and it’s absolutely true — but it’s not a bad thing. Education will change the way you make decisions, which will change the course of your life.
“Education is all a matter of building bridges.” –Ralph Ellison
More often than not, learning something is what stands between where you are and where you’d like to be. Consider this when you think about how difficult your journey seems.