Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why My Children's Education Matters


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 As a mother of two young children, education is subject that I am extremely passionate about. I know that a good education is the best gift I can give my kids. It provides protection from poverty, increases their self-esteem, and gives them an opportunity to pursue their own dreams.

Earlier this year, I heard education expert Mariela Dabbah say that college graduates typically earn a million dollars or more as adults than those without a degree. I expect this has to do with the fact that college students are motivated to work hard and excel in their field of interest - otherwise, why bother going to college, no? And the fact that the knowledge and training they receive in college makes them better qualified for higher paying positions. And while making money is not really the point I want to emphasize with my kids, it certainly is nice when you can get paid well for making your dreams a reality. 

I've always felt that if you go to college, you're investing in your career. And to me there is a big difference in a career and a job. A job is a place you go to earn some money. You may or may not enjoy it. But a career is where you invest your time, effort, knowledge...in effect, a little part of yourself. You build a reputation and rely on it to provide you with additional opportunities to better yourself and your field.

I know that for me, college was one of the best times of my life. I learned so much about the things I was passionate about and laid the foundation to my current career. (I was an English major with a writing emphasis.) I travelled, met my husband, and learned without a doubt who I was, what I valued, and what I wanted to do with my life.

I want the same for my own children. I want them to find fulfillment in knowing their work is valued, that they've done their best, and made a difference in the world.

I look around me now and see so many people who have lost their focus and are leading lives they have "settled for" rather than ones with which they are joyful and satisfied. I don't want that for my kids. And I know that the one thing I can give them to help them avoid this lackluster future is their education.

In our house, there is no question about whether or not they will go to college. We talk about it openly and they take it for granted. Though they are only in 1st and 3rd grade, I am always keeping an eye out for resources to help me pave their path to higher education.

And I'm always willing to share those resources with you so that you, too, can encourage and support your college-bound children.

Last year I shared with you the kick off of Univision's national campaign, “¡Edúcate, es el momento!”  This year the initiative continues and has grown to include special programs and monthly educational vignettes that air across Univision’s media platforms. Thousands of active subscribers and users receive bi-weekly education text messages and log on to www.eselmomento.com to find information and resources on scholarships, college-readiness, mentoring and more.

This week Despierta América has focused on (bilingual) education with special guests dedicated to the subject. Look them up online to learn more.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Univision is hosting College Week Live Online Fair & Phonebanks where 120 higher education institutions will be available to discuss resources and answer questions for Spanish-speaking families exploring the road to college.

On Friday, there will be two live webcasts on EsElMomento.com. The first is a DREAMers Town Hall Event, and the second will focus on bullying.

On Saturday, the topic of bullying continues with a Feria de la educación in LA and a workshop at the event about the topic. More info on the fair is here. In addition, Sábado Gigante will air a special segment where celebrities will speak against bullying.

I hope you'll find some time to tune into one or more of these events.

Con mucho cariño...

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the Es el Momento campaign. All views are my own.

2 comments:

  1. My husband is a teacher in the public school system and its sad that alot of students are not going into college. Motivation is lost for some reason. I have high expectations and my son is 3 and he says he wants to be an Engineer or brain doctor. I get annoyed when parents act like its nothing if they go to college or not.

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  2. I was surprised - but delighted - to hear that more Latinos than ever enrolled in college this year. It's still not enough, though, and hope more parents will encourage their children to pursue their dreams like you are doing. Children quickly learn to live up - or down! - to the expectations of those around them. Good job!

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