Do you know that "school" in Greek originally means 'free time' or 'leisure'?

Back then, school was actually a reward that was bestowed upon a young person who didn't have to work in the fields a full day but was allowed to spend more time thinking, learning and becoming exposed to new ideas.

Are you learning to learn or learning for the sake of getting a degree?

The idea that we go to school purely to get a degree is a relatively recent invention in the 20th century. Most college students go to college just to 'get a degree or get a job'.

They would put so much effort into crafting the best personal statements and making financial sacrifices to apply for the best schools in the world in hopes of getting a degree. After being accepted into top schools, they ask questions like "Will this be on the test?" and "How much do we have to read" and "Do we have to come to class?". They strive to avoid as much of the very classroom that they spent so much time trying to get into.

On one hand 'book knowledge' is good, you should also spend time in schools focusing on personal growth and getting to know yourself. Values, ethics, caring for someone, living well should really be taught in schools.

I am not trying to say schools are bad for you. I strongly believe it is important to get a formal education in school. I'm just challenging you to have a different thinking when you are in school. The question you should ask yourself is

"Am I growing or becoming the person I want to become?"

Be really thankful that you have the opportunity to go to school and get a good education. My advice to you is to make the most out of school. Do crazy things, take challenging classes, build relationships with your peers and professors, challenge your professors, mentor a student.

Here's a recent commencement speech I heard this year that really stood out to me.