“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” — Tom Brokaw
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I am a graduate of a Catholic liberal arts college. The Sisters of Saint Joseph made sure we understood that our education came with certain responsibilities to care for others and work for change in the world. It can be a heavy burden for a young person just starting out. There are many temptations out there in the world and there is nothing wrong with wanting to have things. But when is it enough? When do we cross the line from providing the necessities to convincing ourselves we must have the luxuries? When do we stop caring about those who do not have enough?
We are seeing the consequences of selfishness, greed and lust after money every single day in the world right now. Things will only get worse if we stay on this track. Life is not about acquiring as much money and stuff as we can with no concern for others. We’ve been heading down that road for years now. How’s that working for us?
I know a 2 or 4 year college degree is becoming more and more necessary to get a “good” job, or sometimes just to get a job at all. Degree programs have become more and more focused on job skills, with less attention to making sure the person is able to think, create, problem solve and yes, care about the world they will be going out into.
We are all connected in the web of live. What affects one, affects all. A college education is a great thing. If you have one consider yourself blessed. This is not something that is accessible to all. But remember that education comes with a responsibility to give back, to help out where you can.
Blessing to all the recent graduates. Now go out there and show us how you will change the world!