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Mavec: ‘Let’s encourage our young people’

By Staff | Nov 10, 2016

In the words of Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future.” Something that has been bothering me lately is the lack of support for young people in our society. As a recent college graduate, I see the importance in having a support system to guide, motivate and push a young person into not only the educational realm, but also into the larger workforce.

I cannot tell you how many times I heard my elders, especially my professors, tell me that I was entering a dying field. Let me mention, I attended a college that prides itself in having the best journalism program in the county. However, I had multiple and many people warn me that I should change my major and my career goals if I ever wanted not only a job, but also enough money to sustain myself.

It’s disheartening for a young person to hear that their dream job is not one he or she should dream about. It’s the same in the educational field. I have always hated the saying, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Honestly, doesn’t one have to be able to do something to teach it to someone else? Maybe I feel this way because some of the most influential people in my life have been teachers. My mother just retired from teaching after 31 years, so I was always around educators growing up. My mentors throughout high school and college were teachers, as I would assume most students’ mentors are.

So why is there such a disapproving attitude from some elders when a high school senior or college freshman says he or she wants to become an educator? Teachers are some of the hardest working people I have ever come across.

The same goes for journalists, but I may be a bit biased.

I have always been an optimistic person, but I felt my optimism draining out of me with each college course I took my first three years. All of the negativity surrounding my future field made me feel overwhelmed, doubtful and just flat out scared. It wasn’t until my fourth and final year of college that I had a professor tell me that what I was doing would be worth it in the end.

Of course, I was able to push through those college years because I had a support system back home to encourage me. I am forever grateful for those people who reminded me why I went to college in the first place. They showed me the importance of getting an education and pursuing my goals.

Now, I hope to be part of a support system for those young people who stand in the place I did just a few years ago.

I want to encourage children and students of all ages that they can get to where they want to be in life, no matter what their career goals are.

I hope that everyone reading this will commit to doing the same.

Let us, as the people our society’s children look up to, remind them constantly that they can be whoever they want to be with hard work and dedication. Let them want to be teachers; let them want to be journalists. Let them want to be anything but what everyone else wants them to be. That’s what makes our society so interesting and wonderful to live in, the fact that we can decide our own path in life. No one should ever crush someone else’s dream because he or she doesn’t see it as realistic. Perhaps that’s why it wasn’t a dream given to you.

Let’s encourage our young people. They are our future, after all.

Mavec is a reporter for The Tribune.

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