Tales of golden-paved roads and endless fountains of milk and honey enticed my parents to leave their quiet life in Monrovia, Liberia for the opportunistic American dream. However, it was truly the opportunity to provide my siblings and I with a solid education that initiated my family’s immigration the United States. Education has always been, and remains, one of the key values in my family.
Growing up I was always pressured to work hard and always told that I could do anything I wanted with my life as long as I did well in school. As a child, I enjoyed school because I was fascinated by all the new information I learned every day. I was a shy child who did not have many friends but I was always armed with my numerous books and journals. I consumed books daily and used writing as my basic form of communication.
As I grew older, reading and writing provided me with a voice for myself and introduced me to other ideas and cultures. I soon began to educate others and share my discoveries. I became motivated to know more and more about the world around me. I took world history courses, government courses, and became vastly passionate about the conditions of people around the world. Education fueled my interest in international affairs and led me to the lively world of activism and community service.
I continue to learn new things every day and as I have gotten older I have come to realize that education does not only occur in a classroom. However, I do know the importance of a basic classroom curriculum. Learning to read and write helped me expand my horizon. Sitting in a classroom and interacting with others helped me develop my own opinions.
Improving education around the world is vital because education determines the path that many children embark on in life. Education introduces people to ideas they may have never thought of and provides a worldly perspective. Most importantly, education gives everyone; no matter his or her humble beginnings, an opportunity to improve their lives and make an astronomical difference in the world.
– Samah McGona