February 23, 2024

When I first toured California Baptist University, I was obsessed. The campus was absolutely gorgeous. It resembled a resort and I was thrilled to be a part of such an incredible community.

As the first soon-to-be college graduate in my family, I am constantly reminded of the honor it is to attend CBU and have a shot at a better future.

Being a college student at a university is an incredible privilege that can be so easily taken for granted. The value of education is immeasurable. Yes, we can count the zeros at the end of the tuition bill, but the opportunities we receive and doors opened mean everything.

There are people in this country who wish to have the opportunity to receive a higher education to provide for their families and have a brighter future but are incapable of doing so. There are multitudes of children in Third World countries who could only dream of going to school at all.

That being said, we should take advantage of the opportunity and act like the adults we are. If seeing it from the perspective of others isn’t enough, think of the money and time at stake here.

The “C’s get degrees” mentality is not a good excuse to perform poorly in class. Don’t get me wrong, if a person earns a C after trying his or her hardest, that’s what counts. However, students who go through their college career only concerned about their social life will get a rude awakening when they graduate college knowing very little about their field of study.

As adults, we should be mature enough to know right from wrong. When the university enforces rules on campus, keeping them is most likely your best bet. Breaking the rules doesn’t make you cool, it’s pathetic. It’s time to grow up and realize losing this opportunity because you’re trying to impress your friends is not worth it.

One of my biggest fears is disappointing anyone, so I cannot imagine going to college and completely blowing it off. It is too important to be taken lightly.

I am so thankful to have such supportive parents who have given me the gift of a college education. After seeing how hard they have worked to provide me with this education, it would be incredibly disrespectful to not take them into consideration. It would be an act of selfishness.

Take advantage of this chance at a better life. Do it for your parents, your future family or simply yourself,  because the opportunity is just too good.

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