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The Gift of the Mastodon

14 Sep

By: Andrew T. Hendrick 

            Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has taught me a valuable lesson on what education truly means.  I’m currently of senior class standing, and I was a transfer from Ivy Tech Community College through the Crossroads Program.  Education is of vast importance in the world today, but for me this was not always a valued belief.  It was all seen as an expensive hassle, and I started off wanted to just start a career without first pursuing educational paths.  It didn’t take long to realize I could not achieve my goals without  a degree.  Like most people who didn’t go straight from high school to college, I had no idea where to begin.  I learned of the Crossroad’s program that connected Ivy Tech Community College to IPFW, and the reason I fell into it was because Ivy Tech allowed me to get back into the swing of things before attending the more challenging university setting college.  From where I was, I realize now more than ever; that no matter what age, education can become a benefit in opening doors never imagined.

My move into IPFW has taught me it takes hard work when striving for something you truly want, and you can’t just sit on the side lines waiting for opportunity.  You have to be willing to capture it, and the Crossroad’s program was my opportunity that I was forced to work hard to be where I am today.  For the most part, school has never really challenged me.  It has always come rather too easy, and I always thought it was the difficulty of the material.  I was inspired by my Ivy Tech teachers, but my IPFW professors and instructors combined my passion with a challenge that makes me work harder every semester.  It is true, new material can be challenging, but the true challenge is when a teacher integrates critical thinking that forces you to bring an understanding of the material.  I know now college education is about teaching the mind higher levels of critical thinking.  Anyone can study a set of material and regurgitate it out for an exam, but it is the ones who analyze critically that are to write detailed essays.

To conclude my experience, I will express opportunity, passion, and the willingness to accept challenges are all a person needs to earn collegiate education.  Undereducated is just describing someone with a broad focus.  As a business student, IPFW has fine-tuned my focus, and has showed me educated people can give reasons on why they believe something; not just give an unsupported opinion.  A teacher’s role is to show a student where to look, but they can’t show them how to see.  A student should be willing and eager to learn.  I found IPFW has an arsenal of teachers willing to show a student where to look, but they give the student the opportunity to develop their own thoughts and ideas.  Although I wish to pursue education beyond a Bachelors of Science, the opportunity given to me by Ivy Tech and IPFW made it all possible.  To anyone wishing to pursue higher forms of thinking, little by little and day by day you can achieve your goals to their greatest potential, and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has your opportunity.

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