I was cleaning out my school archives a few days ago, when I came across my Junior High School yearbook. Leafing through it, I realized that this month marks my ten-year anniversary of having graduated from I.S. 98 The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences. In what now seems like nothing more than a blink of an eye, an entire decade has come and gone. As I turned the pages and looked through photographs of my old classmates and friends in their graduation attire, I began to reminisce about these last ten years and recall all of the experiences I had throughout my high school and college years.
I have always thought of myself as being ambitious and have valued a strong foundation in education. I, therefore, strived to always get the highest possible grades on my homework assignments and exams so that I could be admitted into the finest institutions our country has to offer. Additionally, I always sought guidance and advice from friends, family, and my older colleagues throughout my younger years, which allowed me to make informed decisions about what the next step in my educational and professional career should be. I found that this quality rarely failed me and I remain very grateful to all those who offered their advice; walking on a path where others have treaded enables you to make wiser choices and limits your propensity for mistakes.
Staring at the photographs of the classmates with whom I kept in touch with throughout the years, I began to notice a direct correlation between the level of educational and career guidance they received throughout their junior high school and high school years and the situations they have found themselves in the present day, ten years later. Those students that stayed after class to ask questions, enrolled in tutoring classes, sought others’ advice and focused on their goals, have, for the most part, wound up attending better schools, having superior credentials and have far more professional stability than their dissimilar peers.
This observation reassured me of the far-reaching benefits of the educational field and why I chose to focus my attention here. It is imperative that students nowadays, especially in today’s uncertain economy, realize that developing proper study habits and obtaining guidance is essential to their success and needs to start in their formative school years. As the old adage goes, “old habits die hard.”