School is a valuable Investment

Sometimes I feel like I’m just done with school – haven’t you ever felt the same?

When you have so many different projects and lessons to review that you feel like you are just done with it?  I think we’ve all been there.  However, I was talking with my friends the other day and I realized something… we are taking this education for granted, way too often.  The majority of students despise school (or at least would rather not go than go).  I was pretty much one of those people, but I now see things differently.  We go to school from Kindergarten to grade 12, then college/university (for most people).  Typically, we’ll spend almost 20 years of our lives in school.

school bus

Why do we go to school?

We go in order to acquire knowledge and learn new things.  Its main purpose is not for socialization, nor for fun, but rather, for the sole purpose of education.  For something I once regarded as a boring place we have to go to from 9 to 3 every day, 5 days a week, I now regard it as a very valuable investment.  Let me articulate.  The way I see it is that we are spending the first quarter of our lives learning (whether you like it our not), to better prepare ourselves for the rest of our lives.  The better we do in school, the more likely it is for us to succeed in the “real” world!  Going to school is the investment of our time, and the returns can be very rewarding if we invest enough focused time into it.  For example, you can’t expect to become a successful computer programmer if you don’t focus at all in any of the computer courses you took in school.

back to school

If you want to be happy later in life, you’ll have to try and cope with school and do the best you can.  Try and do as well as possible, because now you know that it’ll definitely benefit you later in life. Because for if you don’t, you’ll come to the realization a little too late in life, and it will be very hard to set yourself back on the right course.  Now, for those of you probably thinking “What about those ‘useless’ courses?” Well, even if the course content is useless, the marks still matter and you can always practice your skills in engagement in the class, which will be useful no matter what.

In conclusion, it’s normal for you to detest school right now… but just think: the more you invest into school, the better return of investment you will have for the rest of your life.  Just remember…  Like Warren Buffett said: “The more you learn, the more you earn.”

How did you like this blog post?  Do you have any experiences of your own?  Please let us know in the comments!

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  • You have a great blog – keep the posts coming.
    Something you said here really stood out to me –

    “We go in order to acquire knowledge and learn new things.  Its main purpose is not for socialization, nor for fun, but rather, for the sole purpose of education”

    It is my personal opinion that when you go to school, you do not go to learn new things. You go to school to learn old things. You learn the things that the people before you have learnt and that some people have decided are important to learn. The real value in school and university is the social aspect – learning about life, about humans and interaction, about human problems, and about life in general.

    “If you want to be happy later in life, you’ll have to try and cope with school and do the best you can.  “

    This is true in some sense. That is – if you are in school right now, it is possible that you are not at a stage where you know what direction you want to go … and that’s okay (infact, its a good thing). So, doing the best you can is a good thing. However, be curious and do not be pigeon holed into something that doesn’t feel right. Ask questions, seek answers and always try to learn abut what you like – even if it is not part of school.

    • Hey Shane,

      Very valid points, and the way you said it was awesome 🙂
      However, my point was simply that students today need to focus more on school than their social lives, no matter what school is teaching them. Although it is old knowledge, today’s society still sees value in that and most would require it in order to be successful in the future.

      The part where you should always be curious is 100% correct – I actually value that above standard textbook knowledge (as everyone should!)

      Cheers 🙂

  • An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you should write more on this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but usually people don’t speak about such topics. To the next! Best wishes!!

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