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Corvida Raven

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What is the single most important question that the youth of this era need to ask themselves?

The youth of today are growing up in a completely different world from their parents and grandparents. With all the technology, media, and economic problems of today, it makes me wonder about the questions that the youth should ask themselves.

What do you think is the single most important question that the youth need to ask themselves? What was a question you wish you would've asked your younger self?

Topics: life tedxyouth youth

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  • Sep 9 2011: Perhaps a question will surface by the time I've finished writing my response, but I'd like to offer a few words even if one doesn't. Currently a college student myself, I constantly wind up asking myself what the people around me are doing; what are their goals, if they have any, and what do they want from their life? I feel like a lot of the youth today don't have even an idea to offer as a response to these questions, and I believe it is, in part, due to what education has become in our society. A college degree--in most cases--is crucial to finding a job and living somewhat comfortably, and because of this many teens apply for college not because they want to pursue a specific field of study, but because it's just what you do. Junior year in high school you take the SAT, and then you know come senior year, you have college apps to look forward to. It's not really something many people even question; everyone goes to college now. As a result, however, you now have people pursuing higher education not because they have a clear goal, but because it's a necessity for survival, and thus you have a larger number of people who are still stuck playing the high school games of fitting in, meeting people, and having fun. I don't mean to downplay the importance of these things, but I feel like today's youth value them so greatly that they become the driving forces in students' lives, in an environment that requires a much different lifestyle and mindset.

    I have friends and hobbies just like everyone else, but when it comes to school I'm always aware of the fact that I am here to build a greater future for myself. College isn't a summer camp where you have fun, and then return back to your real life after four years. I feel a lot of the youth today are entirely too short-sighted and have their eyes set on the wrong things, if on anything at all.

    Students should ask themselves: How is the life I'm living today going to contribute to the life I will live in many years time?

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