A couple months ago, I graduated from college. All I’ve known for 17 years is school. Elementary. Middle. High. College. It took so much hard work and dedication. Now I finally get a break.
We all dread schoolwork. Reading, writing papers, exams. I don’t know about you, but I definitely took my education for granted. I just went through the motions because school is just “what you do.” I didn’t realize the importance and power of education until last year when I read I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
Malala Yousafzai grew up in Pakistan where girls were not allowed to attend school. She went anyway. There was a point where she actually pretended to be in a lower grade just to be able to go to school. One day, when she was 15, she was shot on the bus ride home from school. Miraculously, she survived and is now a powerful voice in advocacy for female education.
This may seem cliche but… Knowledge is power. It really is. You learn so much from it. Independence being the most significant to me.
So be a lifelong learner. This doesn’t mean you have to go to school forever and earn a PhD. If something doesn’t make sense to you, do some research. Look up a word you don’t know. Watch a documentary on a topic that interests you. Don’t take advantage of your ability to be educated.
Malala is fearless. She stood up for what she loved. She fought for what she and others deserved.