Google defines education as “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university,” and this is very true, obviously; but, it gives another, more realistic meaning to this word, simply defining it as “an enlightening experience” (Google).
We usually associate knowledge and the art of learning to only be held in schools rather than observing it throughout life and all the obstacles it throws at us.
Dr. Rick Rigsby explains in his speech of the lessons he learned from his father, a third-grade dropout, and describes him as having the utmost wisdom on basically everything. His message is not that one could get by in life with having a low education and whatnot, but to persevere through life’s challenges and use them as a lesson, to utilize the mistakes one makes to build better upon.
Furthermore, Rigsby teaches his audience to have big dreams, that “it’s better to reach high and miss than to reach low and hit” (Rigsby). This really hit home for me because it’s the problem I’m having right now. This post will be submitted in November, so that means college apps!
I’ve always seen myself as good, yet at the same time, I can’t help to think of myself as mediocre. This mentality has inhibited me from doing a lot of things I’ve always wanted to do. Sometimes I feel I miss out on the wonders of life because I think I’ll fail if I try. Nevertheless, I’ve begun to break from this attitude and began to finally experience life, and what a time it’s been!
Ok, so getting back to the college thing. When I first began the application process I limited myself the schools I’d apply to because I was scared of failure. I only chose the universities that seemed easy to me, but I wasn’t too happy.
When I scored 30 on my ACT I felt proud of myself and got the confidence to finally apply to UCLA, only to have someone put me down saying that I have no chance of entering that school since it was such low score. I’m not going to lie, this really hurt and made me feel basically hopeless. Rigsby explains that one mustn’t let themselves be taken down by obstacles and to continue to reach high, and that’s what I did.
I’m continuing to apply to UCLA and have expanded my college list to Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, and even Harvard. Now I know my chances of getting into those Ivy League schools are slim to none, but what’s life without risk; and, what use is it to live comfortably but wonder what could’ve been?
Rigsby only further inspired me to continue taking risks and not let myself down. I’ll live every day and ask myself: “How am I living” (Rigsby).