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Are Breaks Beneficial?

by jamcali0315
09/30/16 Bookmark

Jorge Agredo joined the NYC College Line staff as a Summer 2016 intern.  His contributions were noted as a thoughtful and committed student of graphic design and branding. He graduated City Tech in 2016 and is pursuing his career as a design professional.  


From the moment we come into this world, our brains are already wired to learn and survive. The development of functions that enable us to do so begins, and from that point on, we are sponges acquiring knowledge along the way. Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school, high school and then college; just a list of steps in order to succeed or improve your chances of doing so. It is normal to feel overwhelmed at one point or another. The expectations put on your shoulders begin to wear you down. And yet, you prevail. To make something out of life continues to be your goal. Wanting to take a break from the education cycle, when you finish high school is not out of the ordinary! The thought of taking time off from pursuing a college degree once high school is done is only natural. I did it, sometimes it’s needed.  However, your chances of going back for a degree decreases as each day, week, month, and sometimes year, passes by. Gathering the mental strength to overcome barriers to get to college becomes a difficult task to accomplish. To some students, learning comes naturally, to others it doesn’t. It is not a question of who’s smarter, nor is it a question of who’s more capable of handling the workload that success brings with it. It’s a matter of choice.

Some would say there are many advantages that come with not going to college, the first being free time. You can do whatever you want to do (or so you think): sleep late, plan your day, be as productive as you want to be.     

Then comes the possibility of earning money, the idea that your time will be rewarded looks like a wonderful thing and a college degree keeps losing importance. After all, you have some income, pursuing a higher degree just seems like a waste of time. Being told what to do and when to do it are not necessarily the best arguments to motivate you back to school, and your reasoning behind as to why you take orders at work is that you’re paid for it. Everyone has thought of it, and the truth of the matter is that in college you are not rewarded with currency, you are rewarded with knowledge.

As good as taking a break sounds and the advantages that it brings with it, the longer you wait the more discouraged you will find yourself. You feel as though your life is already in motion, and the time-consuming pit stop that college represents can be the final push into disregarding the idea of attending altogether. The time already wasted starts to weigh you down: You start to consider the idea that it’s already too late for college and, from that moment on, it becomes easy to accept it. You have already entertained all the reasons not to try.

The fact of the matter is simple: College is a job that requires investment, and, truth be told, it requires a lot. Your investment won’t be repaid the next day or even the next year, but it’s an investment worth waiting for. You will learn new things every day; you will have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and view things from a different perspective; growing as a person and as a professional will become second nature to you. The hunger for knowledge will remain with you forever. Your brain was wired that way and, in the end, you are what you know. Don’t settle for what seems easy, strive for greatness and push yourself to accomplish it. When the moment comes in which you move your tassel from right to left, you will know, it was worth it all along. 

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