According to the dictionary an education is “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.” This essay will inform the audience of my opinion on what the value of an education means to me. I will expand on the value of an education not just by what’s attained by “formal education” but also by an “informal education” as well. I will also explain how much we gain just by going through life, which in itself is an education.
Based on the definition of education it’s very important that I attain the best possible method of education whether it’s formal or informal. “During their lives most young people and adults acquire a remarkable range of skills and knowledge” (Ireson, 2008, p.30). It’s also important that I’m able to continue my education, because it’s by far the greatest investment of time and finances as well the most rewarding privileges I can provide myself to be better prepared for today’s society. I live in a society where it’s very important and often required that one attains an education whether it’s high school or college. Although a post secondary education is much more acceptable by today’s society. This is why I decided to focus on furthering my education and taking full advantage of the opportunity to earn a degree and develop my professional interest in the field of business.
It’s believed by many that a formal education obtained from a high school might just not be enough for the advancement in technology and business in today’s society. This is why it’s important to continue to pursue a post secondary education. “That which education is to the individual, revelation is to the race” (Lessing, p.1). Well for me when I think about the value of education I believe that all education provided by a formal institution is important and necessary in order to be able to move on to another level of formal education. This is why I refuse to believe that a high school education means nothing. Had it not been for me completing high school I would not have been able to continue on to attain a post secondary education.
Throughout my life my focus has been solely on learning more about business and technology this is why when I was comparing universities throughout my junior and senior years of high school, I compared all the programs offered and evaluated how best it would accommodate me and my skills. I had to be sure that my own skills and weaknesses were factored into my decision while I prepared myself for a placement at a university I desired, especially one that specified in the fields of my interest. I knew that was the only way I could be sure that I was going to go to school for all the right reasons, such as experience, knowledge, development, and also to be prepared intellectually for society and maturity.
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