Education is the Key to Success

February 7, 2012

I have had it drilled into my brain that education is the key to success. The “drilling” was not bad but it did have side effects. When kids were out playing, my mother would make me copy words from the dictionary. I would constantly be complaining about it, and her answer was one of these: “Do you want to work at McDonald’s or become someone who is successful in life?” or, “We didn’t come to America so you could throw your future away.” One of the main reasons she wanted me to do very well was because English was my third language, at the time. We had moved to America and it is still, “the land of opportunities.” My mother like many other mothers of immigrants wants a good future for her kids. Needless to say I became a book nerd.  I remember going to the library over the summer breaks and coming back with two bags of books. I used to take books with me to parties because I got bored and wanted to read. To this day reading is my favorite pastime.

Growing up, we had a television in the house, but to this day we don’t have any added cable channels other than the ones you get on basic cable. It was not because we could not afford it, but because my mother believes that television is a distraction. I was never told not to watch television, but she preferred that I read. Like I said before, reading is one of my favorite things to do, but lately I have been realizing I have not been reading at all. I want to blame my Internet, but I know that most of the blame is on me. I have discovered the addiction to watching movies and television shows online. I started watching old shows I used to watch that have ended. Shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” and now I am stuck on “One Tree Hill.”

My school starts February 6th and the schedule I have for myself makes my mother think I will probably go crazy during this semester. In a way, I am very excited that I will be even busier than I have been for the past few weeks with my internship. But I am also very scared because this is my last semester at college and I don’t want my grades to suffer. I knew that this semester was going to be very hectic, but I also knew this might be the last chance I have to do this internship. I am taking 18 units of classes plus 20 hours of internship. I will definitely keep you all updated in regards to my sanity throughout the semester.

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