Believe that things don’t have to be the way they are

parakeet treeTalking with our students I hear a recurring theme among those that study hard even when the material isn’t coming easily, those that keep pushing themselves even when life tries to disrupt their studies, those that succeed (and, yes, even those that fail, but try again). Universally, they have a belief that things don’t have to be the way they are. Things, life, can change, can improve.

I recently read an essay in which someone used that phrase, but went on to say that those that believe that things don’t have to be the way they are those that “have experienced life’s possibilities”. It is my feeling that the belief that things don’t have to be the way they are is all the more important, all the more sweet, for those that have not experienced life’s possibilities. It is members of that group that keep us coming to work here at State Career College. It is members of that group that has us trying all the harder each and every day for each and every one of our students. Even those that have not experienced life’s possibilities can believe that things don’t have to be the way they are, We, here at State Career College, have seen it, personally and professionally, time and again.

By and large that is who we serve here at State Career College. People who have never held a job. A woman of 30 recently got her first job because of what she learned here. Those that are often disenfranchised in our society. A single mother certain that she would always need public assistance is now earning a living wage. A young man who was convinced that he would always be relegated to working mind-numbing jobs is now excelling because his mind and abilities are challenged. People whose jobs have ended without further similar work or those seeking a new direction. A woman whose factory job went away now works in a job with an incredible future.

Sure we can cite statistics that the professions we prepare our students for will continue to be ripe with opportunity into the future, but most importantly we see the faces of those who are succeeding and that keeps us going. We believe that things don’t have to be the way they are, because they don’t.

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