Room for Success

A shot of Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus,
taken on a sleepy Saturday afternoon. 

The college experience heretofore has been fantastic. Wonderful people, from the faculty to the friends

I’ve made; incredible resources, ranging from the technological to the social; and more.

But looking to the future, one thing concerns me. Being in an Honors program, there’s a degree of pressure fomented by the faculty, as well as the nature of the curriculum, to succeed academically with the objective of pursuing a prestigious post-A.A. (associate’s degree) education. This, combined with the idea that “we’re all a family” in this humble yet far-reaching academic collective of no more than two hundred students at a time (the Honors college), produces a sense of claustrophobia for me.

In an educational atmosphere where limited university admission quotas, limited scholarships and a limited availability of jobs (even with a college degree), how can I expect to be successful along with 199 other equally successful students?

So many people attend college, and many want to achieve
success. But is there room for everyone to do so?

Granted, not everyone will meet the Honors College‘s expectations, but the philosophy remains.

Such a feeling of claustrophobia comes from a sense of being in a small vector of perceived “success” along with many other success-driven/oriented kids that are seeking the same outcome.

A shot of my MAC1105 class this fall 2013 semester.

Essentially, the whole of it is akin to an accelerated version of society’s misuse of limited goods, a dynamic so often discussed in conversations about sustainability. Here, though, it feels much tenser.

It feels that way namely because of that map of American colleges and universities that adorns the foyer of the Honors College lounge, regularly attracting gritty students thumbtacking their next destination.

Every day, the map gets smaller. Or so it seems.
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