Our education system has taught us that those who graduate at the top of the class, those who get straight As, and those who are “smart” and study and work hard are guaranteed a successful and comfortable life. It has increased a sense of entitlement that I’ve seen in my friends. On the last day of school I heard one of them say, “High school is going to be easy because we’re so smart!”. I barely suppressed a laugh. Reality will hit them so hard I worry for them. Meanwhile, everyone’s telling us that those next four years will be the most important in our lives.
This is something I think too many people realize too late because what teacher/ professor will tell them that? I was once introduced to this person who just graduated from Brown and everybody gushed about what a great future she had since she was accepted into Harvard Law. But she pulled me over after a while and admitted that she didn’t know what she was doing with her life. She took the LSAT on a whim, she told me. She always excelled at exams and her parents had been pressuring her to go to graduate school right after undergrad, which they were going to pay for. She hated how her parents were just going to carry her through school like that for years while she didn’t even understand why her bank balance was so outstanding.
Education is not the key to success, and having a good one doesn’t really put you at that much an advantage. Regular people who follow all the rules and play the game right still get screwed over and fail at achieving their dreams everyday. That’s something about The Real World no one’s ever going to learn from the textbooks.