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The Power of Education

The Power of Education

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I am聽a strong believer in the power of education.聽聽As a child, I saw first-hand how transforming an education can be. Most women of my mother鈥檚 generation would never dream of pursuing personal excellence beyond their kitchens, but my mother was different. She worried that if something ever happened to my father that they would have to sell the house and live in poverty. Our family had little enough as it was.

My mother was 42 years old with no money, five children and a grade ten education, so the decision to take her GED test (General Education Test for high school equivalency)and register for university was especially courageous. She didn鈥檛 know what she wanted to be right away, but she knew she wanted an education.聽聽That was a good enough place to start.

There were no courses to take for GED tests in those days, so she wrote the test without studying and passed with flying colours. For the next several years, my mother would embark on an education that would transform our whole family and inspire other women to do the same.

Once my mother graduated, she began to work as a French teacher giving her a salary that propelled our family to a much healthier place; and the timing was perfect. My mother started working a year before the doctor forced my father into early retirement. Her foresight and courage to follow her dream turned out to be the best thing she ever did.

People rarely regret getting an education, but聽they often regret not getting an education. I am very proud of my mother for making the decision to go to school as an adult. At the time, she was the oldest student in her class. All of the other students were barely 18 years old. She felt awkward and stupid, but she persisted for the next six years.聽聽At the end of it all, she received two university degrees and she could speak French to relatives she hadn鈥檛 been able to properly communicate with her whole life.

My mother鈥檚 experience made it easy for me to consider making a career change into public relations later in life. When I registered for the program I thought I would be the oldest person in my class, but much to my surprise, I wasn鈥檛. There were also some women who were only a few years younger than me.

聽In 1971, my mother was at the beginning of a trend that would see mature women seeking higher education and personal fulfillment far into the future. These days we see more and more adults over the age of 35 seeking higher education. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, about 8% of students attending colleges and universities are mature students.

That鈥檚 wonderful news to me. I like to see women empowering themselves and nothing will transform your life the way education can. Your education will set you free. It will allow you to break social barriers, build confidence, and provide you with employment opportunities you might otherwise never have. Education gives hope, inspires thought and creates change. Never question the value of education. Only ask what you should study.

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馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

6 years ago #12

Thank you Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier Such a powerful buzz.

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #11

The Power of Education Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier :) Thank you, great article!

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #10

Thank you for sharing, Milos Djukic. You are wonderful!

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #9

Me too. Thank you Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #8

Thanks for the share, \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams.

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #7

Yes, I have to admit that I am also guilty of not maximizing my early years in university. I attended and got my degree, but I certainly didn't win any awards. Nevertheless, because of the influences around me at the time, the idea of not getting an education was unthinkable to me. I'm happy to say that I am a lifelong learner and advocate of lifelong learning, whether it be formal or informal education. Knowledge is power and the more you try to learn through reading and practicing, the stronger you will be.

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #6

Here's to strong, determined, self-directed women everywhere!

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #5

You have lots to be proud of, Joyce Bowen. Good for you!
I was the oldest student by many years by the time I finished in 2014, o I know how it goes

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #3

Thanks, Gert

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

6 years ago #2

I agree completely! There are many ways to educate yourself. However acquired, knowledge is power.

Gert Scholtz

6 years ago #1

Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier My highest admiration for your mother. You give a succinct and knowledgeable summary:" Education gives hope, inspires thought and creates change. " Very good post Renee.

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