Sometimes the weirdest ideas are the most spontaneous. If the idea is really good as you expand on it and share it, maybe, just maybe, it gets even better.
After discussing my analogy/theory with a friend ;) she made me realize that it might just make sense…
While everyone is staying up late for back to school reasons, or procrastinating their summer extravaganza….
Let me remind you about school, in the real world.
I swear going to post-secondary is like a relationship. Now it may not exactly fulfill the exact definition of what people call a relationship but it has many pros than cons.
1. This isn’t a game
It takes a lot of work and dedication to STAY in it. It involves planning, spending countless hours, lack of sleep, and commitment just to keep it alive.
2. A relationship the general public says you should have
Of course, being in a relationship is entirely a choice not an obligation. Although, society in the 21st century expects all young adults/adults to be well-educated just for survival. One can possibly survive without pursuing post-secondary, but it’s not the idealistic choice.
It causes people to ask many questions like
“Where is this going???” “Do I see a future??” “Is what I’m doing now good for the long run???”
Difference is that, the style and duration are controlled variables due to your choice which of course varies between people.
3. You will develop feelings in SOME way
At some point you’ll ask yourself if you’re happy with what you’re doing. Some people do it for the money, some people do it for love.
If you’re lucky, you may just get both.
Also the weird thing is you’re going to “argue” with all the stress that builds up in the relationship. Sometimes it’s more of a love/hate relationship, but even with all of the stress that is going on with a SIGNIFICANT amount of cost, most likely you don’t find yourself breaking up.
If you fail, you try again next semester.
4. Hard to get
Sometimes it plays a game called hard to get on you when you’re being wait listed, or you’re applying for a specific type of school/program and you’re not sure if it’s being reciprocated…..
Usually with these games it takes luck, and maybe even a few letters of persuasion….
5. Online Courses
Some people don’t like waking up and going to school, so they prefer doing distance-education or online courses. Pretty much it works the same way as a long distance relationship or those online dating sites like “e-harmony.edu” (my friend’s idea =) ) where you get educated online, and one day you’ll meet and you’ll be applying what you’ve learned in real life….
All relationships involve some sort of competition.
With nerdiness involved: In Biology there are multiple relationships such as predator-prey, mutualism, parasitic, etc
This one is more like competition to be the “best mate” and increase your max potential. Meaning there is a huge competition to get the best grades/high GPA…
Also in order to be the “best mate” you gotta be fit as well, meaning some schools look for students that are flexible (eg. volunteer hours, athletic, work experience, etc) a well rounded person basically….
Competition within the circle would be one trying to get into a specific honors class, or a program, or even graduate and get into med school where there are limited seating for many applicants…
It always involves comparison to see who is the best, which is not fair.
Some people get tired of doing hard work and just want to play around. This involves cheating.
Peer pressure with friends, or outside factors can heavily contribute since it’s very tempting if you somehow find your unwritten final exam lying around on your professor’s table…..
Once you do cheat, you will be FORCED to leave the relationship once you get caught…and can damage your record and perspective on how others will view you.
Once you’ve stayed fully committed to your relationship, and you want to seal the deal, you graduate which seems analogous to marriage…So conGRADulations!
But what keeps a marriage healthy is practicing what you’ve learned, and that is by finding a job with it…..
If you’ve lasted for 20 years with that job and you’re happy, congratulations you’ve just maintained a long lasting marriage.
9. Enjoy/have fun
Now, I know this sounds weird. Enjoy education?? In ways you do, maybe you’ve had a really interesting lecture that changed your outlook on life, or you have learned a really cool fact about the Chemistry of a single atom but you look at those moments and see the beauty of what you’ve just learned as something you enjoy….like the feeling one may feel like the butterflies in their stomach or the spark of inspiration that shines in your eyes….
If you hate these moments, or the topic that you’re studying, why are you still in it? Are you really just in it for the money in the long run?
Some people prefer certain styles of relationships.
Some parents want their children to have a university degree/Ph. D where some just want to go to trades school for their education
There are many different relationships and sometimes society conforms us to a specific one because one believes that is the best way for success.
In the end, it’s all about what YOU want. Sometimes you have to think about survival, but majority of all the questions in life are what does ONE person want and even I have lots of trouble answering that question
Credits to my friend for helping me expand my random idea ;) (You know who you are)
Note: I am sure there are many loop holes, but I’m just trying to see the bright side of things….