We continue to be blown away by the quality of the applicants to our fall class. One such applicant, Laurie Barber, communicated the passion she has for learning outside the traditional mindset in a way that we just had to share. Laurie, like so many others, was excited for college and the prospect that it brought with it as being an environment of real learning. Also like those many others, she was disappointed to find that it was essentially just an extension of high school. Learn more from her own words:
Most high school seniors eagerly anticipate graduation and moving into their college dorms, but as someone who had already been a full-time college student for two years, the senior year experience held a different meaning for me. I felt lucky to be in a program where I could gain both high school and college credit, but collegiate life was a little different than I expected. In many ways, college is a lot like high school; sitting within the same four-walled rooms in a cramped desk each day, completing various general education requirements, and writing one paper after another until it becomes a 4-AM-redbull-induced-self-hatred-fueled-writing-extravaganza. In traditional schooling there is no tolerance for mistakes and no room for trial and error. Working a part-time job at a restaurant became more enjoyable than going to school, because the doing is much more fulfilling than the detachment of a classroom.
However, I appreciated the opportunity to study what I was interested in, because it further validated what I’m passionate about. I loved majoring in English, because I think it is an outgrowth of that urge to use language to communicate complex ideas and experiences between people. That is true no matter what you’re reading or writing. It is always an act of empathy and an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else. One’s goals are continually evolving, rising and falling, and changing course, but ultimately I want to continue to emphasize the idea that everyone’s words matter by connecting seemingly different groups through literary arts. I am excited to be a part of this unique, challenging, entrepreneurial experience as a Praxis participant and better determine how to use my abilities to give valuable contributions to the world.
Join Laurie and others and apply to the Fall Praxis class now!