Stop Socializing. Start Studying

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Education is more readily available today than ever before. Throughout history, people have fought for the right to a high standard of education. However, many adolescents fail to take advantage of this resource. Far too often, our youth fall captive to many of the luring distractions they encounter and end up throwing away their education along with the rest of their lives.

 

Many teenagers tend to give precedence to their social life at a time when their learning capabilities and opportunities are at their peak. These impressionable, young hearts seek acceptance and belonging, and fail to realize that only education can put food on the table in the future.

 

Having “fun” and enjoying life has become a fad with today’s youth. Despite all the things to do and learn, all many young people ever want to do is “hang out” with their friends or girlfriends and boyfriends. Studying all the time is hardly considered healthy nowadays. People waste time just relaxing. But what is the purpose of this? Time is not to waste; it is to use!

 

To be successful in today’s world, every second must be utilized. Using every spare moment to study is much more productive than loitering blindly in the name of a social life. At this age, there is a much greater goal ahead of us which we must strive towards in order to make something of our lives. Young people who prioritize socializing usually either waste their lives with pointless acquaintances or fall prey to peers who take advantage of them.

 

Moreover, the acquaintances we form at this age are not always carved in stone. Often because of transitions or quarrels, many teenage relationships are lost. This is not to say that all young attachments are short-lived. There are those that are of great emotional value and as Shakespeare says, hold on to them with hoops of steel; but not at the expense of your future. Do not distract yourself with every new Tom, Dick and Harry that comes your way. Friends and relationships may come and go, but a lost education is very difficult if not impossible to regain.

 

 

When speaking of success, the first thing that comes to mind is one’s profession. Although it is common courtesy to have respect for every line of work, everyone wants a decent career. Nobody wants to work long shifts at a job over a hot stove or hauling heavy machinery. But at the same time, many of us do not put in the effort required for our dream career. Being able to live a comfortable life with a satisfying career requires every one of us to put in a great deal of time studying during our teenage years. This means focusing attention on our education and not being side-tracked.

 

 

Besides having a good career, it is human nature to desire to be at least financially stable. Perhaps a well-paying career is the most obvious justification for dedicating your teenage years to your education. However, there are many other less obvious reasons that often tend to go unnoticed.

 

Not only does education promote a good standard of living, but it also has a significant effect on relationships. Although people often like to think of a person’s level of competency as being disconnected from emotions such as love, this is truly is a very fine connection. Often, love and acceptance from friends and family are usually only present as long as education and wealth are. Many of us will only accept someone when they are educated and the value of this education will never diminish.

 

 

Many people argue that a formal education can never substitute for the real-life skills that are necessary to face the real world. It is often thought that these skills are absent in the midst of all the theoretical learning that takes place at school. However, this can be proven otherwise.

 

Once formal education lays down the foundation, a person is able to think through almost any situation. This can even be applied to social skills. It is only when an individual has some level of formal education that he or she can think open-mindedly and logically about a problem. Not only do you learn, but you learn how to learn.

 

Thus, education should be a young person’s first priority. Its benefits are much greater in the long run than any other activity. Any social endeavors we may seek are utterly fruitless in the absence of a strong education.

 

Of course, it is not easy. It demands much dedication and hard work. But at one point, when you have made your dream a reality, it will be all be worth it. All it takes is one minute acknowledgement, one distinct place in this society, and all the pain and hardship you experienced will wither away.

 

– Abi S.

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5 thoughts on “Stop Socializing. Start Studying

  1. Good article. About 10-20 years ago, almost every Tamil in university majored in Engineering, Computer Science, Life Science, Accounting or a quantitative degree. This generation is in their late 20s and 30s today and have gone on to successful careers with upper-middle class lifestyles.

    Yet there’s an alarming trend now towards more and more young Tamils in the Arts and Humanities, particularly in the past 5-10 years. While our youth should be encouraged to pursue what they desire, they also need to be realistic about their career options. University grads are entering the most competitive entry-level job market ever, and STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) will lead to a more lucrative and stable career paths than an Arts degree.

    Also, far too many of our young people have been seduced by the lure of social media, abetted by smartphones (all this stuff was non-existent when the current young professional generation of Tamils was still in school). Spending too much time on Facebook and Instagram posting selfies for Likes and “sooo pretttyy” Comments for validation means less studying which means marks are not high enough to enter demanding programs at top schools.

    That said, studying and socialization need not be mutually exclusive. There should be a balance. But the sense is that the current generation of Tamil youth has taken to the opposite extreme. Will they be as successful as the older generation?

  2. It is true that education is the foundation that we build ourselves upon in order to further ourselves in our lives and reach for those goals that we so desire to achieve. But I’d like to comment on some portions of this article that can be misleading to anybody that decides to read it. Like I said, education is incredibly important to building ourselves, but a social life plays quite the equal part in that “success” we all want. In this day and age, getting perfect grades and concentrating on studies is exactly what the hundreds and thousands of other students in the same program across the world are striving for. This amounts to the serious competition that we’ll face after studies, and when getting a job. It is more often that not in this day and age that social interaction proves to be more of a success factor in attaining a job that what we believe education to be. We’ve studied, great we have the knowledge, but who is going to give us the opportunity to prove that we can put that knowledge to use? That’s where networking occurs, something that we should be doing the whole time. That one extra friend could be the difference between having and not having a job. All I aim to state is that this article can appear to be somewhat biased towards perfection in school. We need to be realistic. Oh, and chefs are incredibly well paid people that work long shifts over a hot stove, and engineers “do” haul heavy machinery. You might want to be more specific when giving examples. The idea of education can be incredibly manipulative, which is why it should handled in a proper manner, and unbiased. 

    There’s also a paradox in the online social life that i’d like to bring up. The social networks such as Facebook and Twitter that use on a daily basis are created by people who are now in the workforce in a well paid career. Without people like us using those things, how do they earn their profits? Not that we need to abide to that, but it’s a social paradox. It could be you that ends up in the position, creating an online resource that others decided to rebel against for a better education. We shouldn’t rebel against social lives, but put it to good use.

  3. Staying focused on studying 24/7 isnt everything. Theres the networking aspect ofc what nendujan said and in relation, getting high marks isnt everything sure it will help you to get to post grad but then again you need skills,work experience such as either coop or internships to either get in to post grad and even getting your first entry job.

  4. SD3 Who cares if young Tamils are studying arts and humanities? This can lead to careers in many different areas, the most obvious of course being law, a rather prestigious profession. More pointedly, yes people who get a BA will probably not be as well-off economically as those who get a BSc or a BEng or a BComm but those who get those aforementioned degrees will not be nearly as well-off as those who go on to become doctors for example – so ultimately its all relative (a point i’m sure you knew but anyway)

  5. This is very true I believe nowadays education is power and if you have a high standard degree you are the one.

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