Guest Post by Aaron Segura

Anna Owusu, February 19, 2014

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Education is something that I have taken for granted. I hate saying it and will only admit to it under the guise of a blog post, but I did not use to take my education seriously. My mind set has since changed; my education is the single most important and fulfilling part of my life right now. It took a period of failure, trial and error, and reflection for me to realize this and what is possibly the most hard to admit (and something that makes me take a step back and be truly grateful for what I have) is that I was able to simply 'not care' about school for a period of time and several years later, be a thriving college student receiving a fantastic education.

It goes without saying that many people who grow up in the United States, like myself, are extremely fortunate to have access to a free education; even more, to be required by law (until a certain age, at least) to attend! On the days that I woke up on 'the wrong side of the bed', whether or not I wanted to go to school I knew there was a bus waiting for me a stone’s throw away and a mother more than willing to take me to school if I over-slept. In developing countries such as Ghana, this often is not the reality. A school bus might not exist; the walk to school might be ten miles; a quality education might be too expensive to afford for the family of two parents working all day to provide the bare minimum. The very basic things I use to take for granted (access to a quality free education, transportation to and from school, being able to attend college even though my mother couldn't entirely afford it) are things that some only dream about. Although I no longer see school as a mundane seven hour sequence of teachers telling me things I ought to know, and instead value every assignment and bit of information I learn; I see it as extremely important to reflect on how fortunate I am to have an education and to recognize that a significant chunk of the world does not share my benefit.