Had another anxiety attack last night. Now I feel alone again and depressed. Just when I felt so good…
My English teacher, well I guess I should say Jonathan Swift, brought up an excellent point in English class yesterday.
The horribly high value of money in our society & the measure of something based off its worth.
It’s a shame how an issue such as the standard of wealth has transcended from the 1700s to 2012. People are always judging and investing into things based off of their “prestige” and “luxury”. People always have to have the newest iPhone or the best and fastest Audi. Anything to out do our fellows. I’ll admit, I’ve done the same, feeling like the luxury items are the better items, but lately I’ve come to realize that that just is not so.
Take college, for example. People constantly put pressure on themselves to achieve acceptance into their idea of a prestigious school like Harvard, Columbia, and Yale. Don’t get me wrong, those who attend those schools have certainly worked hard for it and are of utmost intelligence, however I do not think it is fair to say that those of us who attend less prestigious schools like state schools will not have as great an opportunity.
While yes, Harvard is a notorious school that is known for challenging its students, other colleges suffice just as much. Just because one does not shell out thousands and thousands of dollars into their education does not, by any means, suggest or foreshadow a smaller likelihood of being successful in the work force.
To me, prestige does not measure one’s abilities. It is not about where you attend college, but how you work and handle everyday situations. Going to Harvard over West Chester doesn’t make one’s work ethic or intelligence any greater.
For me, as far as college is concerned I would say that I’ve taken a pretty good road. My parents and I have chosen Temple University as my future school and I can say that I’m perfectly happy with my choice. Sure it isn’t Juilliard or Berkley, but it is a fabulous school in a fabulous city. If I plan to be successful in the work force, it will be my talent and ethic that gets me far, not just where I go to school. If only more people could think the same way on college, and other things of high monetary value!