What is education and what is holding us from becoming who we want to be right out of school, colleges, and universities?
In Pensacola Christian College, which is in Florida, I was determined to develop an understanding of the world we live in on a biological level; I wanted to learn about the other croyance – understanding and belief that is- of how our universe was created, or at least, how it came to exist. I majored in Biology (Freshman year, 2003) because I wanted to, first, follow my grandfather’s steps since he was a dentist AND FURTHER understand the universe we live in and science was that outlet.
As far as my grandfather, I looked up to him greatly and dentistry is what he studied and I wanted him to be proud of the route I took at least.
Although I was not a big fan of dentistry nor orthodontology, I had to compromise and that is why I signed up for a major in Biology. I wanted to become a doctor and the more classes I was taking to accomplish that, I realized that Chemistry and I didn’t have chemistry. I gave science a second chance and slightly changed my first field and majored in Physical Therapy, that was my sophomore year in PCC. I loved how pragmatic everything was. I was unto something great and because it was hands on, we were (my classmates and I) already working on athletes injuries, role-playing that is. The classes were very practical yet I still had to pass my Chemistry classes with a B+ or better and finally realized that our chemical balance was definitely not mixing- Chemistry isn’t for me! That was the first semester as a sophomore.
I enrolled in Business Management in my second semester and was bored out of my mind; Accounting classes nearly killed me of boredom. That was my only problem. I enjoyed the other classes but did not enjoyed out of passion.
I attended two different educational institutions, from 2003 to 2005 I went to PCC, it was a private Christian school that had its own publishing company and back then I was paying $7,000 a year for tuition. Actually, my father was doing it out of pocket. We did not have any Federal help because of our diplomatic status then but also because it was a private school.
I hence attended that school for its stands on Christian values but also because it was the most affordable private school around. I definitely grew spiritually because of the doctrinal structure of that school and great friends I made who I am still in contact with. I left Florida in 2005 and came back to New York City.
I had to pay my own way to school because my father was overwhelmed. A year before me, my older sister, Eva had graduated and went to Albany University. My dad was paying for that. A year after I graduated, my younger brother graduated as well, in 2004, and my father was in charge of that college transition – financially, he was drained.
I registered in 2006 for classes at York College, in Queens, and majored in a different field- Communications Technology. At the end of that semester, I decided that it was not for me so I majored in Accounting. Why did I do that? I honestly do not know because it was the worse mistake of my life, at least one of them. After that, I went into Marketing as a Junior at York College in my second semester. Guess what? I smacked myself in the head and shook my head when I finally changed to be a French Major as a Senior there. I should have just done that a long time ago!
It has been a journey, this school thing and I appreciate every moment of it. I can speak about Biology, Physical Therapy, Business related matters, and how documentaries are edited, movies made or interviews are set up because I belonged to those fields and invested my time in them.
Is everyone like me? No, some people know exactly what they want to major in and invest 4 years or so and graduate. Others change no more that twice and find a major that suit them and graduate. I changed mine too many times and lost track. I actually wish that I went into Creative Writing but back then I did not envision a “living” as a writer or poet.
When it comes to school, Passion and Money come into play. Some go for the money and ignore their true passion, others care not about money and invest in their passions and try to compromise and invest in something that will satisfy their passion and will bring plenty of money.
I want to take this moment and thank my father for his many sacrifices. Let me note one thing: A Diplomat is in no way a millionaire, that is my disclaimer, and it was not easy for him to assist us – my brothers and I – as we were on our way to different colleges and universities. I appreciate you dear dad for being my rock. Education in the USA is costly, great education as expensive, and most cannot afford it. What can we all do to change that?