It’s an unfortunate truth that we live in a society where the characteristics of an individual don’t carry them far in life, rather numbers on a piece of paper and “accomplishments” attempt to envelop one’s whole being.
Going to university has taught me that I’m not superior or lowly, but average. I’ve come to accept this fact, but loathe that my character cannot be taken into consideration when I attempt to show myself to the world. People don’t care if I’m nice, if I work well with others, or if I’m selfless, rather they would want to see someone who has passed exams with flying colors and can present high numbers on their transcript. I’ve often flirted with the idea of presenting myself as something greater than numbers, but to no avail. There seemingly is no way to avoid this stigma of bad marks. And in the end those people who could’ve been perfect for a job or position are lost in the pile of rejects, tossed aside because they couldn’t perform “adequately”. I aspire to change the world in momentous ways that reverberate throughout the years. This is not brought out through performance on exams or an essay on an application. I believe this is only achieved through the nurturing of imagination and letting it flourish and blossom into a grand spectacle. Yet the world continues to restrict creativity and demands that education can only exist when those learning conform to the ideas that are already known.