In the Business of Being a Better Person
Published on April 19, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
Submitted by Aaron Joelson, a student in the business degree program at Broadview University.
I think about why I go to school quite often. Most of the time why I am contemplating this question is due to a poor grade I just received or after leaving a night class at 10 p.m. I often have to talk myself into going to class or doing my homework. It’s not because I have a bad attitude about school. I am a nontraditional student. I currently work around 60 hours a week, I am a full-time student, and I am a father and husband. My time is very important.
Every once in a while I hear a fellow student complaining about how difficult school is and how they have no time. Usually it is a student who has a part-time job and is single. When I hear things like that, I laugh a little to myself. They really have no idea what time really is… and then I wonder why they go to school.
When I think about why I go to school, even when I am discouraged or strongly dislike school at the time, I have come to realize my education is a commitment that I made to myself. It was a commitment and a choice that I made to better myself through hard work. How we conduct ourselves through our commitments will tell the world what kind of person we really are. This kind of commitment is also our legacy.
Currently, I have no real need for an education. I work at a family-owned and operated business. My job is extremely secure. The reason I go to school is to better myself; to better myself through education. I don’t go to school because my education promises me a shot at a better paying job or the ability to buy a fancy car. I have chosen to go to school simply to better myself as a human—to make the best version of me that I can.
I think if more students viewed education in this way there may be more successful, happy students walking the halls. Some of the hardest decisions I have made in my life have turned out to be the best decisions. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to be a challenge.
This blog post concludes a hands-on learning project for the Consumer Behavior class at Broadview University-Boise. Seven students total wrote about their personal college experiences and shared them with the world. Read more about the project here.