Education Is The Most Powerful Weapon Essay

823 Words Jul 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Petkey Scholarship Essay
Nelson Mandela once said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Believing in this quote whole-heartedly, I have endeavored throughout my young elementary, middle school, and high school years to be the best that I can be. As I commence this new journey into the “real world,” I look back so exceedingly thankful that I pushed myself to make the top grades that I did. My parents advised me at very young age to devote a significant amount of time and effort into my schooling. Coming for a small, southern Alabama town, you do not see much excitement from young people “making it somewhere.” I decided shortly after realizing this for myself that I wanted to be different. Many people from my area end up doing amazing things; becoming teachers, going into law enforcement, or maybe even running their own small businesses. Of course our options as American citizens are limitless, but certain situations alter that “limitless” category. The road to success is full of distinct obstacles. Some people are lucky enough to fall into a family business, or maybe even inherit money making them completely content with the life they live. Unfortunately, I do not think my mom is hiding a million dollars in a shoe box in her closet, nor do I believe my dad will hit the lottery, although that does not stop him from trying. The only option I have for reaching my prodigious goals is furthering my education. Around the age of 15 I…

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