Essay on Thinking for Ourselves

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Thinking for Ourselves

"I sit in class and daydream about everything but what's being said by the instructor." "I just can't pay attention for very long." "It's so boring!" These comments can be heard in the hallways of the finest Universities this country has to offer, every hour of every day. We all hear these comments, and at times, even say them ourselves. Why is this the case? Could it be that we are just not interested in the subject at all? If this is true, maybe we should ask ourselves a few questions. Questions like, why am I taking this class? Why am I getting my degree in this field of study? If I don't want to hear about it now, is it something that I want to hear about every day when I go to work? Lets face it. How
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An example of this can be found in the spring undergraduate poetry workshop at the University of Arkansas, one of the top writing programs in the nation. Seven of the eleven students in the class are men above the age of thirty. There is a dentist, a pharmacist, a financial planner, and others with the same story. When asked why they were there, the response was unanimous. "We were not happy with our lives," was the answer. In talking with them furthur, it came about that they were lovingly steered away from pursuing writing, as a career choice, by their parents. I demonstrated promising musical talent when I was a young child, but when the idea was brought up about majoring in music in college, I was met with the response that I would have to pay for it myself. "How are you going to live?" was the main question asked. This is a valid question that needs to be asked. Ultimately, parents are trying to do what they believe is best by guiding their kids towards certain areas, but there comes a time when we all have to decide what is important for us. The ability to support yourself and your family has to be a high priority, we all know that, but there is another thing that should be considered. What is the cost is going to be in the long run if a career choice is made solely on the basis of money? It is common knowledge that most people hate their jobs, or at least say

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