J. T. Adams once said, “There are… two educations. One should teach you how to make a living and the other how to live.” This view on education has played a large role for me in deciding to which colleges I will apply. Although it was not until quite recently that I came across this quote, it stands out to me because it eloquently expresses the way I have thought of education for some time.
When I was in elementary school, I was introduced to the concept of ‘life-long learning’. I can no longer recall which teacher read this essay or the name of its author, but the message that lay within its content is still firmly secured in my memory. The main point of this writing was that there are different ways students choose to view education. To some students, school is a chore, or something to get through. But I view school as one of many aides I have available that offers the opportunity to learn.
When I was young, probably no older than 12, I had already noticed that as a student, I was different from my classmates. In science class, my friends chose to study just enough to pass their tests, but I would give up my recess time to read the entire chapter, ensuring I would know every answer and be able to earn extra credit. But it wasn’t high grades I was seeking; I just took pride in having such a wide range of knowledge. I’ve always loved to read. When asked about my favorite book, my immediate thought is always “the dictionary”. To me, reading a new book without a dictionary is like traveling a new country without a road map. It can be done, but so much more will be seen if time is not wasted being lost. My goal is always to go further, or to learn more. I do not have a finish line or final resting spot in sight; I do not want to ever stop progressing.
I love being a student and I am passionate about learning. In seeking a college to carry out my education, Colby-Sawyer has stood out to me. It is my thought that this college seeks students who are invested in both the learning and teaching aspects of their education. The major I have chosen is nursing. I am interested in pursuing this major at Colby-Sawyer, not just because I am impressed with the school’s nursing department, but also because I feel the school would offer me the opportunity to explore areas of study outside my major. I believe that Colby-Sawyer aims to offer its students “…two educations. One (that) should teach you how to make a living and the other how to live.”
J. T. Adams once said, “There are… two educations. One should teach you how to make a living and the other how to live.” This view on education has played a large role for me in deciding to which colleges I will apply. Although it was not until quite recently that I came across this quote, when reading through the Endicott application, it stands out to me because it eloquently expresses the way I have thought of education for some time. My hope is to find a school that is able to offer both types of education that Adams referred to, and Endicott appears to me to offer this.
In my opinion, many institutions can offer the first kind of education mentioned in Adams’ quote, one that teaches how to make a living. To me, the act of ‘making a living’ involves an individual taking the necessary steps to become educated and skillful enough in a field to be able to benefit from it in a financial sense. ‘Making a living’ refers to earning enough money to support one’s basic financial needs. While meeting these needs is important, I strongly feel that a quality education should teach more than the minimum knowledge one will need to get by in their chosen field. I have decided I want to major in nursing. In making this decision I have put trust in both my ability to be successful in the field, and the occupation’s ability to support my needs. I have confidence that Colby-Sawyer College will offer a broad education that prepares me for success on nursing, but also gives me the opportunity to explore further in health professions or possibly an additional area of study.
It is the second type of education; one that teaches how to live, that is less common to come across. p.s. i wasnt sure if this is really relevant to the community, i just know there are a lot of intelligent and talented people in here.