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School Days When to an old person school days are mentioned his face brightens, the wrinkles begin to straighten, the joy of his heart leaps up into his eyes, and he smiles. Can you tell me why this little word so touches the emotions of mankind? Ah, it is not merely the word — that could not be — but ’ tis the memory — fond recollections of childhood joy and happiness — that this magic word brings back all in one moment when it is mentioned. Those were the days of his independence, those were the days when his mind was carefree, and the one word that he builded life on was hope — that is why his face brightens at the mention of this little word. These are the days when all the impressions of economy, morality, and the value of an education are stamp- ed on our minds. Now that we are talking of school days, it comes to my mind that people as individuals — mind you, I do not say as nations but as individuals — do not put the same value upon school days or, in other words, an education as they used to in the good old days of Washington and Lee. To a boy in those days an educa- tion was something that he “grabbed for” — it was considered an opportunity and a pleasure. And probably the reason was the lack of educational opportunities, and hence even a little schooling was considered a very precious opportunity. To a boy now-a-days it is a drudgery and the sooner he can “quit” the more pleased he is. An education today is hardly ever taken seriously by anyone. To go to school is to have a good time and all a person seems to care for is to “get through;” it does not seem to matter how. But do you know I believe a brighter day is coming when our educational standards will be much higher than they are now. People are just beginning to see that there is no place in the world or in society for them without this precious jewel — education. Everyone will admit that any occupation is fit to follow if it is honest labor, but let me say that no occupation, however simple it may be, can prosper without a clear brain, a pure character, and a developed mind. An education helps to bring these if w r e give it a chance. In conclusion, let me make this plea to you: Make the best of your school days and the best will come back to you. Let the memory that they bring be pure and comforting, but I beg of you do not use those days so that they will bring discomfort, regret, and disgust in the end. Nannette Livingston, ’23.
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