We were all moved after reading Latavia Taylor’s AP English Essay. Not because the content of the essay was sad or gloomy. Quite the contrary, we just deeply appreciate seeing the next generation thinking about how to stick to their “Plan A.” Check out the essay below:
Common App: Option B
by: Latavia Taylor
Go to school, get good grades, do well on your SATs, get accepted into a great college/university, graduate, and then find a tolerable 9 to 5 job (suitable to work for during the next 35 years of your life). Don’t you find something wrong here? All of these tips that young adults, such as myself, encounter throughout their most crucial periods of maturation are all fine and dandy; except for the last tip which strikes me with the most concern. Why is that, in every school, whether it be in elementary, middle, or high school; students are always subliminally taught to grow up and become just an “average joe” in society? Only being shared the safest option of working for someone else, and not being exposed to the opportunity to be that higher power themselves. As a kid we’re fearless. We absolutely adore when adults ask us what we would like to be when we grow up. President of the United States, we’d say, or an astronaut, or maybe even the owner of a five star restaurant. But something happens as we develop into a young adult. The zeal and courage fade away. Our imagination gets trampled upon by reoccurring thoughts of doubt and fear. The lighted fire to be different and make a mark on our generation grows dim. We start to accept what the government, teachers, role models, and even our parents say, “Just find a steady job that pays well so you can get by…” We get sucked into the idea of obtaining the “American Dream”; purchasing a home (with a white picket fence of course) and eventually falling into a lifetime of debt, only to be escaped by working until we’re 65. Our nation’s current thinking has to stop. No longer can we deprive our young people of the countless opportunities they uphold. The 9 to 5 curriculum should be quickly replaced with a “you can do it” standard of learning. By creating a generation that is certain they can amount to anything, we can quickly eliminate the terms “what if”, “I can’t”, or “I’m not smart enough”. I definitely feel that this is a national concern and it is extremely important to me that America rids her brain of the set path to the “American dream”.
What was your “Plan A, “and who convinced you it wasn’t possible? Friends, family, maybe you psyched yourself out…it doesn’t matter who it was, put that doubt out of your mind and get back on the horse. Make it happen. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.