Graduation Speech For College Right Out Of High School Essay

761 Words Sep 26th, 2016 4 Pages
I am what some may call a late bloomer. Here I am in my 40s, having made the decision to go back to

School. Not just school, but college! Why did I not go to college right out of high school? The answer is

simple, but common. The classroom was a prison, in my view at least. I was forced to sit in an enclosed

room, and absorb material that I knew would eventually be important, but I just wanted to get through

it. Besides, I really did not know what I wanted to do “when I grow up”. Making money seemed

important enough. Furthering my education was emphasized strongly enough, and if it was I do not

know if I would have listened anyway. Sure I wish I would have made this grand decision sooner, after

all even people in their 40s want a bright future.

Believe me, the decision to enroll in college was not an easy one to make. Let me elaborate, briefly.

The American dream, and the middle class lifestyle that comes with that dream was strongly

emphasized in my younger years. Seek, and obtain employment with union-negotiated wages and

benefits, with a minimal education. I, for one, it seems could never obtain such opportunities.

Furthermore, such opportunities are very susceptible to an up and down blue collar based economy. So I

went ahead and spent what now seems too many years, working menial jobs, which normally results in

a checkerboard work history. Now I know what you may be thinking; “a piece of paper does not

guarantee you a job”. For all I…

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