By: Sean Massa
During spring 2014 while studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, I came across a vivid mural in the Bo Kaap neighborhood reading in big bold letters “EDUCATION TAKES YOU PLACES.” This statement is probably something most of us have heard over and over from both parents and teachers alike, an overstated cliché. Yet at that moment some truth struck me: that education really does open opportunities for you to direct your future.
Looking back on my experiences, I find that luck is not the only thing that has shaped my life. Without the coupling of passion and hard work, I do not think I would have been able to have a number of invaluable life-shaping opportunities. To make the most of their education, I give students these recommendations:
At Hillview Prep over the last few years, we help our students learn to be more active. After acing academics, we aid our students to begin to truly engage their passions through resources for extracurricular opportunities relevant to their educational pursuits. Maybe the old mantra should be revised to something along the lines of “you use your education to take you places” or simply “you take you places.” So go ahead, jump into the driver’s seat of your education. You will be surprised at how much more you will enjoy every class, lab, and assignment you may have. If you make the change, I can assure you won’t regret it. Who knows? You may even end up across the world.
Sean Tristan Massa
June 5, 2016