I still carry my first grade ‘Straight A’ report card around mentally. Really, I do and over the years have come to understand the indelible mark it has made on me about the importance of education.
Even if I wasn’t career prepping at age six/seven, and let’s hope I wasn’t, I was learning a lifelong lesson about education—it matters on so many levels.
But it would be a long time before I understood that not only does it matter for the future, but it also matters right where you are.
Fair enough! I have no regular use for the trigonometry that knocked me off my ‘A’ perch, but trig taught me a thing or two about myself–the importance of perseverance, for example, and learning to become who I wanted to be and not who others wanted me to be.
I must say there was something about seizing the moment, too. Ok, so I am not going to get an ‘A’ out if this, I remember thinking, though not verbatim, but I can get an ‘A’ out of that and that would be English and writing and anything akin to them.
You get the point, which counsellor Donna Morgan, makes beautifully in UIO’S Your Education Matters podcast, out tomorrow. She emphasises that there are more opportunities for girls now than ever before. If Math is your thing, go for it!
Although it truly was not mine but who’s to know how much the lack of opportunity and support influenced my disinterest in the subject.
Anyhow, Your Education Matters is the second podcast to be released in the U Matter Series, and also looks at the importance of finding a healthy balance to studying and avoiding burnout. In addition, the podcast offers tips for parents and guardians on how to offer necessary support during the school years.
Your education matters on so many levels, both formally and informally, and has a huge impact on emotional and mental wellbeing. The podcast is out September 13. Listen here and wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.