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50 THE ORIOLE Education W HAT is an education? Education is a long, rocky, rugged road leading from darkness into light. It is a torch, as it were, lighting the way from ignorance, illiteracy, and a lack of appreciation to intelligence, independ- ence, and appreciation of all that is high and noble and good. At first the light of the torch was very small, whose weak strug- gling beams were shed upon and received only bv ' those who could afford such a precious thing, and possibly by some whose ideas were high enough and whose will-power was strong enough to persevere and sacrifice for it. Since then the light of the torch has grown until now it sheds its beams and showers its blessings upon the greater part of the world. Though the blessings of this torch are abroad there are yet many who do not take advantage of it. Take the young man who is indifferent toward the educational part of his life, who thinks his own way the best — to him the torch sends a darken- ing light, frowns upon him, burdens him and burns his conscience. Yet, he forces himself to enjoy life until the time comes when he needs his education. He has grown to the age of independ- ence, to a place where he must make his own way; he cannot find work suited to his ability, all fortune seems turned against him. Oh! how often did he hear, with regret, in his application, this question, “Boy, how much schooling have you had?” Truly he thinks of what he could have been. But it is not what he could have been, but simply what he is, and regret, which in the end is nothing but due punishment for wrongdoing and can help but little. On the other hand, take the person whose ideals and am- bitions are lofty; to him education holds outstretched hand and presents a beaming, smiling face promising to him rare treasures, qualities, and blessings foreign to those who cannot or will not experience it. Though the way is long and rugged, though at times one may become discouraged, though its trials and tribulations are numerous, to the true, diligent, and faithful student its value is precious. Its worth when obtained could not be changed for anything else in the wot Id save salvation, to which, I think, an education is only second in life. When we think of the value of an education to an individ- ual, this is only a small part in its value and importance to a
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THE ORIOLE 49 subject to discipline under your splendid leader, General Per- shing, the days were dark indeed. Yet you smiled then as you fought, and your cheerfulness and bravery helped much to bring us victory and peace.” The glory of the sun is nature’s smile. As the sunlight causes the response of the flowers, of the birds, and of all life, so human smiles shed their rays on the animate world. ‘‘The light of the whole world dies when the day is done,” and even the “man in the moon” still smiles! Some people say it is because he knows so many secrets, but the real reason is that the world could not live, even at night, without nature’s smile. In the morning when the sun first peeps over the eastern hills, he is greeted by the dewey morning glory. Then as he ascends the heavens, shining with all his glory at noon, the world seems to stir and smile, basking in the golden flood of light. And in the evening, as he sinks to rest in the western sky, his parting smile is reflected by the “Queen of the Flowers,” who has caught her own lovely rose-colored smile from the sun. Woodrow Wilson, the highest type of American manhood, the advocate of universal peace, which would forever banish frowning war and usher in the smile of everlasting peace, has chosen, of all smiles, the best — the Beautiful Smile of a great life. Posterity will reap the full harvest of his ideals. Youth lives, not in the past, not even in the present, but in the future. Our own Beautiful Smiles lie before us. Let us live then, shedding our effulgent rays on every side as w r e go down the grooves of change, and thus light the way for others. Theodosia Derrick, ' 22.
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THE ORIOLE 51 community, a state, and to a nation as a whole. Just as an education has taken man as an individual from the depths of ignorance, illiteracy, and poverty and raised to a plane from which he might see and know a new happiness, just as it has developed him to that point where he can feel a higher sense of beauty, character, and honor, so it has raised the civilization of our nation, just so it has broadened the minds of our people making them the purest and the best that can be found. And now, what would we do without it? And finally, what is that thing which is too much to do for it? Nannettc Livingston , ’2?.
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