Things I Wish I Knew In High School

(Image Credit: Voyagerix)

(Image Credit: Voyagerix)

I graduated high school four years ago, so I don’t know if kids are still being fed the same story I was, or if they’re still buying into it. I remember coming out of high school thinking, “Alright, I’m ready for that job now.” Well, it’s been four years since then and I’m still waiting. I’ve had jobs, don’t get me wrong. I spent a few years making coffee for the types of people I thought I was going to be, but the truth is, I won’t be one of those people with the briefcases and salaries until I get a good degree, or maybe three. Just “some college” doesn’t cut it. I’m one class away from an Associate’s, a stepping stone to my next stepping stone: a Bachelor’s degree. And after that, I really ought to get a Master’s, and maybe one day, when I’m sitting on a doctorate and I’m neck deep in a heap of student debt, that’s when I’ll finally get hired for a decent salary. Continue reading

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

What drives us apart? Thoughts on Diversity in Public Schools

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

I was lucky to attend one of the most diverse public high schools in the country. On paper, anyway. But the actual experience was not what I expected. I was shocked to see the way the students segregated themselves. Passing through the entrance to my school was like stepping into a completely different decade. If you asked me to, I could actually compose a map of all the different ethnic territories on our campus. Ironically, the hallways of my high school were adorned with words like ‘Empathy,’ ‘Compassion,’ ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Respect,’ although these were the very qualities our school was desperately lacking. Witnessing such an extreme degree of self-inflicted segregation always made me wonder what drives us apart. Why do we separate ourselves from people just because we’re different? Why are we so set on sustaining these divides? We need to find effective ways of embracing and accepting each other’s differences instead of distancing ourselves because of them. Continue reading