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With every ‘give up’ there’s a story, with every drop out there’s a dream broken and with every broken dream there’s a broken life.
If one thing shocked me the most from this year’s Youth Policy Submit it would be the chilling revelations from countless teenagers of their broken dream. As I read the usual rhetoric being printed daily from the Westminster departments I couldn’t help but laugh. In my naïvety I felt like screaming “So what are you going to do about it?” But, when thinking I realised they won’t do anything. They don’t have to nor would I want them to. My choice is my choice, my dream is my dream and my education is my education.
Its surprising how its taken me this long to realise that dreams, aspirations and desires and what they are because they are worth fighting for.
For years students like me thought the dream would last. We thought if we could just knuckle down and work hard we would be blessed by the grace of a degree that would carry us vivified into the sphere that is adult life. But was this just an absurd disillusion we taught ourself to believe?
If the tuition fee rise has done anything useful then it has to be the awakening its given so many that university doesn’t have to mean education nor success. The stories are endless. From Sugar to Branson, to Gates and Jobs. Men who have changed the world not through a lecture but through a legacy.
For me, I walked out with the clear intention of a university education, but that isn’t the case because society has forced me to, its because I want to. I love to learn. From the aroma of freshly pressed notebooks to the burning graphite from my scribbling pencil; academics give me a rush.
But what sadness me is the hopelessness which is seeping my generation. If you need the evidence than you need only look to the media “A lost generation” “A hopeless generation”
I don’t see a lost generation. I see a loving generation. One that’s transforming the world one word, one action and one expression at a time.
If you want university than you go get it. Ill be there, and do you know how? Its because I won’t let anything get in the way of my dream. No government, no amount of time and no measure of money will ever take that dream away.
I don’t want to be a figure on a Whitehall pencil pushers desk. I want to seen as that guy who even through an obstacle as large as the tuition fee rise still didn’t loose faith in his dream, still didn’t give up and had no regrets.
I couldn’t put a price on my dream, but now it’s your choice:
Degree or not degree?
To dream, or not to dream.
That is the question
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