It was a gift and a blessing for me to have gone to Stanford.
It was an amazing experience, a time that was super and wonderful.
For 4 years, my real worries were at a minimum. All I needed to so was Study, work a bit, investigate my passions, network, be social, party, and stay healthy. For me, that was an Ideal life.
For four years, I was surrounded by interesting and passionate people.
For four years, I was encouraged to follow my passions, and pushed to become all I could be.
In those four years, I learned what I wanted to be for the rest of my life.
In those four years, I matured......at great lengths, strain, and with great reward.
However, those four years are over, and I am very interested in this thing called "adulthood".
Many of my friends have avoided it.
They have gone to grad school (well, with grad school, sometimes you don't avoid adulthood).
They went home to live with their parents.
They took more years for "school".
They are wondering the world, supported on others' dime, and doing as they please.
This, however, is very rare.
The Majority of people out there, well, they go and get a Job.
Because of the economy, Careers are short, so Jobs is all some can get.
Some of us too, get 2 or 3 jobs.
Some of us cannot find a job in the fields we with to pursue.
Some of us struggle to pay rent.
Some of us struggle to eat.
Some of us have a bad cavity, thus leading to a tooth to be removed--instead of a rot canal, which leads to a total cost of 2,000 for one operation (2-4 months worth of rent).
These last "some of us" tends to be the majority of us.
As it turns out, even majoring in Computer Science (though there are jobs out there) is getting harder and harder to find work.
Everything is getting hit, bogged down. It's really scary.
People are holding on to their jobs as hard as they can, with the hope of medical insurance, with the hope of some kind of benefit.
Life is getting harder and harder.... in this "Great Country"
But, Back to Stanford.
There, I had a few loans. There, I was able to pretty much live and be happy. There, I felt wealth and knowledge wash over me. There, life was good. And back home, my mom was okay.
But, this is not the case anymore.
As an adult, in the age of 23, I realize I have a lot to do in one year....
With broken teeth, and a tight work schedule, that give me little time to do my other work, or even see a doctor, I have to make due.....
Full of stress, I can make it work......
The word here is:
Education guarantees you nothing.
Not a Job.
Not health Insurance.
Not really anything.
What it gives you is 4 years of wonder, knowledge, exploration, an fun. It allows you time to open you mind so that you have a greater capacity to view the world. And it a record, showing others that you can do work, and accomplish set goals. It also shows some skills and abilities you have gained...knowledge you have acquired.
THE REAL FACT OF THE MATTER IS...
LESS AND LESS PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE IN THE TRADITIONAL FASHION.
MORE AND MORE ARE HAVING TO DROP OUT OF STATE AND UC SCHOOLS TO GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
MORE AND MORE ARE WORKING AND SCHOOLING, JUST TO STAY AFLOAT---THIS MEANS 9-4 SCHOOL, 4-2AM WORK 2-5 SLEEP 5-9 HOMEWORK, REDO!
NIGHT CLUBS ARE FAILING BECAUSE NO ONE CAN AFFORD THEM SO MUCH.
WEED AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS ON A RISE BECAUSE OF DEPRESSION.
JOBS ARE NOT PAYING THEIR WORKERS ENOUGH, SO THEY CANNOT BUY PRODUCTS, SO THE JOBS REDUCE PAY SO THAT THE WORKERS CAN'T BUY STUFF...ETC ETC...DOOM!!!
All the while. my duty is to dance. it is to write. it is to remember.
I will do just that.