You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
Do you believe in the benefits of engaging in different activities/experiences or do you think that education should always be a young person’s priority?
Education is always important for younger people but it shouldn’t be the number one priority. School can only teach you a bit about life, so you have to use other resources to obtain experience and knowledge to overcome life obstacles. The more you know and the more information you learn inside and outside school, the better. As Obama says in the quote, “you’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it”.
Of course no one can learn everything in life, but if you want to pursue something more specific, you should try and learn the most about it. You can travel, read books about it, workshadow or even do an internship. The latter – workshadowing and doing an internship - will give you the most knowledge if you already know what you want. When you apply for another job, you can write on your resume about that internship or whatever you did to gain skills, and they will probably value you more for that, so you will have more chances of being chosen.
To conclude, my advice to you is, while you are studying, try to do different things to gain experience in life, and even after you start working, keep on learning, about your area and still more!
Ana Beatriz Costa, 11.ºG