Graduating From College and Still Ignorant and Unlearned (Letter 11)

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are increasing in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

I am writing this letter from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Now on the matter of education, I would like to kindly say to you, dear friend, please, please do not graduate from college ignorant, and sounding and looking uneducated.

To me, one of the most appalling things to see is a young man or woman for that matter, who has gone through four years of college and turned out to be just as dumb and ignorant as before he or she went in. I am forever amazed at people who have graduated from college, yet butcher the English language, come out with muddled thinking, and do not even know basic facts of history. For crying out loud, please do not come out of college like that. That is a waste of money and time.

How do people come out of a four-year institution of higher learning ignorant anyway? I believe it is because they go into college with the wrong idea of what college is for. Some go with no intentions on learning anything. These dear souls have nothing else to do, so they go to college with their buddies to pass the time and to carry on the same childish antics that they did in high school. And before they know it, the time that they wanted to pass passes away, and they barely graduate having cheated and skated their way through college, never having learned the very basics of a college education.

Sadly, often times, these dear souls come out of college throwing down the same old foolishness they were throwing down before they went to college. Then they want a Fortune 500 Company to hire them on. And when they fail a simple test to get an entry-level position, they cry racism. How ridiculous!

Dear Y.B.M., if you have the opportunity to go to college, go to college to learn something — not to play.

Yours For Learning Something,

Daniel

Power Thoughts

P.T.: Bill Cosby said, “We cannot afford to settle for being just average; we must learn as much as we can to be the best that we can. The key word is education – that’s knowledge — education with maximum effort.”

Harry Houdini said, “My brain is the key to set me free.”

The Slogan of the United Negro College Fund is, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Steven Silbiger said, “The best possible investment you can make in your future is an education. Even if you default on your student loan, nobody can repossess your diploma.”

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