Why I Am I At School And Earn A Four Year Degree Essay

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“You had better figure out what you’re going to do with your life.” This came from my father who, at the time, was very upset with the direction my life was heading when I turned 19. I was young and probably very naive. Why did I need to go to school and earn a four-year degree? Why couldn’t I just work? Knowing now, I wish I had known the answer then. For what did I need that education? Or better yet, why do I want it? As Roger H. Garrison writes in his article, “Why am I in College?” “It is a difficult question.” (Garrison, p.285) At that point in my life, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. I also knew that I needed an education in order to achieve my end goal.
Like Garrison, school had never come easy for me. I was always the one that ended up with the “C” on my paper or worse, no matter how hard I studied the weeks leading up to the test. That alone is the main reason I turned to working. I didn’t have a good sense either on how to study, nor was there the motivation to do it. To compare: I, like Mike Rose’s Uncle Joe in the article “Blue Collar Brilliance”, had a job that paid decent money for a teenager. I was working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a local nursing home. If you are unfamiliar with this type of work, it is very hands-on, and you need a great deal of critical thinking skills. This work, like Joe’s work, was repetitive and taxing but at the same time, very fulfilling. I learned something new daily; training side-by-side with other…

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