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October 24, 2016 by bolsen22 

Claim Your Education

Now that school is back in session, you may be feeling the weight of the pressure to do well. Here’s a little motivation to keep you going when your schooling seems like too much to handle.

Every woman should be educated. “Educated” is more than getting a piece of paper after spending some time at an institution. As Adrienne Rich put it in her convocation speech for Douglass College, “You cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education: you will do much better to think of being here to claim one.” Claiming your education requires taking an active role in your studies. A woman claiming her education questions, seeks, and discovers. She extends herself into new spheres of the unknown. She pushes herself past her limits and then some.

In this competitive age it seems the steps towards educational achievement are neverending. You need the flawless combination of good grades, an impressive internship, extensive work experience, killer exam scores, generous volunteer hours and so much more. Before you get discouraged it is important to understand the value of life outside the classroom. “As much as someone can tell you things,” Emma Watson encourages, “You have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.” This is the active part of claiming your education. It is not enough to sit through lectures and regurgitate what the professor has said. Put that information you learn in class to the test. Challenge it by throwing yourself into real world situations, like internships and jobs. This is where real learning takes place.

What you do with your education will not only impact your life but the lives of those you come in contact with. “Women have an opportunity now to change the world,” says Norma Kamali, a renowned American fashion designer. “We are all aware of the movement toward women becoming a significant force in the chance for real dynamic change.” Seizing your time at college to become an intelligent, compelling individual will pave your path to success and leave a trail for others to follow.

Now is the time. Opportunities for women to gain an education are more accessible than ever before. Take your college experience seriously and challenge yourself. Follow the advice of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS, “Treat your mind like your money. Don’t waste it.” Invest in yourself and your future now and claim your education.

Author: Brindisi Olsen Bravo    
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