The Power of Education
by Jaynie Bentley
Since I was little, education has always been an important part of my life. I have always enjoyed school, learning, socializing, and challenging myself educationally. I believe that with knowledge, anything is possible. Nelson Mandela established that, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world,” and that is exactly what I plan to do, now that I have grown as an individual.
My experience with public education has been inspiring as well as successful. With so many unique, dedicated and influential teachers, I have discovered myself, and my passions. With the help of my educators, I was able to overcome many obstacles including: test apprehension, ADD, depression, anxiety, as well as many other educational setbacks and challenges. While I sometimes felt defeated during these struggles, my It was because of these dedicated teachers and mentors, that I learned the important life lesson of perseverance.
Another major factor that contributed to my accomplishments in high school would be the influence of my parents. Wanting a higher quality of life for me, my parents put a great deal of pressure on me and would not settle for anything less than my very best. Although this pressure seemed to be very overwhelming at times, the burden to prosper was definitely worth it. While supporting, encouraging, and guiding me through life, my parents are the reason I have flourished into the strong, independent person I am today.
With my education, I plan on influencing the world in a positive way. I aspire to share the knowledge I have gained with future generations. I want to encourage and inspire others, the way others encouraged and inspired me. I wish for all students to experience the life lessons and intellect I learned throughout school.