Why Education? And Who Is Professor Gateaux?
Since I was a little kid, playing with caterpillars and not appreciating the pleasure of afternoon naps, I was told that nothing was more important than having an education. My grandmother always said, “Mija, they can take your car, they can even take your house, but they can never take your education.” I shrugged and just kept coloring in my Garfield coloring book. I guess as a child you never understand why you do things, but I know it started with the fact that I was told that a mysterious “they” was going to make me homeless and carjack me, thanks Grandma for the wonderful nightmares.
Seriously though, she wasn’t wrong. It’s very true. In the United States, very rarely do people own their homes. You actually own a mortgage, which is just fancy pants bank language for you own a debt, a large 30-year debt, WTF. In the United States very few people who drive cars (well decent cars, not talking about that lemon you bought from your Uncle Jorge who “hooked you up”) actually own them, they own a loan to the bank to pay it back. If we’re going to be honest, a college education is one of the few things in the world that if you don’t pay back, they can’t take away from you. NO, I’M NOT SAYING TO QUIT PAYING YOUR STUDENT LOANS IF YOU HAVE THEM! Sweet monkies, don’t even dare, not paying your student loans is financial suicide, but I digress.
“They” who now I think represents the banks, the government, the fat cats (I know they sound cute, but they’re not…not cute at all!) can take it all, all your material possessions, and hell, they can even take your beautiful $250 dollar mahogany framed college diploma, but no one, and I mean NO ONE can take away your knowledge and the fact that you earned a college degree.
If you’re reading this now, and you are a Latino, Hispanic, or “Spanish” as the peoples say around here (which personally drives me crazy, but…for another blog), then let me tell you this:
In 2012 14.5% of Latinos ages 25 had earned at least one bachelor’s degree (also known as a 4 year degree).
That’s pretty bad! You don’t think so? That means, if you have 100 Latino friends on Facebook, only 14 of them have a Bachelor’s degree. Still doesn’t sound too bad? Let me put it to you this way. There are 10 people who have college degrees, 5 of them are Asian, 3 of them are White, 2 are Black and ONLY ONE is that Latino.
Actually, that’s me, the Latina with the degree. Hell, if that’s the statistics for Bachelors, the Masters degree can’t be better, and I have one of those too. “1 is the loneliest number that you have ever seen,” I feel like this cat in the picture below.
Okay okay, you’re probably crying now. I’m sorry, I’m not here to depress you, actually the opposite. I have started this blog in hopes to encourage you to ask me questions about education. I have worked in higher education for 14 years. Sorry there is no better way to say this, but I know my shit. I’ve worked in Elementary Schools, High Schools (Not Middle school, Middle School is for people with platinum balls, I have gold, not platinum, them tweens can make a grown person cry), University, and College.
I want, through this blog, to stress the importance of an education. So that means, my reader, GET AN EDUCATION. If you’re still in high school stay there! You may actually like it, I didn’t, I hated it, but because I hated high school so damn much it made college SO MUCH MORE AWESOME-R. If you don’t have a high school education, then get that GED! I googled “GED Northern Virginia” and I found this: https://www.nvcc.edu/forms/pdf/125-010.pdf Thanks NOVA!
Can't forget my Marylanders: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/gedmd/ged.shtml
Now if you don’t think high school is important or neither is a GED, you just want to go to your closest community college and get started, remember this. If you qualify for Financial Aid and want the government to help you pay for your school (I’ll go more in depth about Financial Aid in another blog) you HAVE TO graduate from high school or get a GED.
Most importantly, what I’m going to write the most about, we need to move on to higher education. Here in the DC Metro area, we have some amazing colleges and universities, we’re spoiled on the amount of colleges and universities. If you took a shot every time you drove by a college or university….wait why the hell are you drinking and driving? You know what I’m trying to say, there’s a lot of them.
I hope I’ve made my point, before I go, I’ll leave you with this graphic.
An image like this has been shown to me since I was 13. I remember when I was 13 and a local university came to my middle school and said if I did this, that, and that, I would get a scholarship to go to their college. I was like…..college?!?! And when they showed me this image, I knew, I would do whatever it would take (you know except anything illegal) to get a scholarship. Did I finally get it….more about that some other time. Thanks for reading!
Please put in the comments any educational questions you may have and I will do my best to answer them in a future blog!
Keep Learning Readers!
--Professor Max Gateaux aka Professor Gateaux (pronounced ga-toe)