Thursday, May 14, 2009

Graduation

It's intersting to be sitting here, hearing the names of students
getting their degrees and thinking a out what is yet to come. To see
all the families and friends cheering on their loved ones because they
have accomplished something amazing. Getting a higher education is key
to the future, that is true, but as I listen to those students talk
about the tradtitions they lived up to and learned while at an
institution of higher learning, I wonder what they gave up.

In order to gain, something of equal value must be lost. All of the
graduates are of Latino decent Nd it's inspiring to see more people of
color get to such great heights, one day I'll be among them, but at
what cost. I see things as an outsider because that's what I am, even
within my own community. It's interesting to see the dynamics of
graduating. I could sure go for a pepsi right about now. All I want is
a pepsi.

~ con safos ~

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you elaborate on what you think is the marginal cost of getting an education?

Why do you feel like an outsider?

-SDChe

El Random Hero said...

well che for me it's like this. Always being the new kid at school, i never really found a sense of belonging with anything outside of my own personal interest. Even now in college I still don't like the idea of belonging to something and if I do belong to something, let's say the school newspaper for instance, I feel outta place and uncomfortable sometimes. Up on that stage i see proud latinos acknowledging all of their hard work and the sacrifices they made to get where they are. I don't wanna take away from any of that from anyone because they earned all of it. However, some express their love and passion for being part of the schools family and being part of the tradition and history that comes along with it. Having graduated from that institution, they have met it standereds and guide lines acording to their tradition, a predominantly anglo tradition. The juxtaposition of having aztec dancers open the ceremony and having the school band closing with pop songs says to me that something is not working here. As a student myself I have come to realize that in order to make it in the world and have the ability to help others after you, a person needs to go through the system and learn to harness its potential so it can benefit our communities. I have no doubt in my mind that those graduates will do that, but at some expense. Whether it's money or something else, we all assimilate soo much that we end up losing something in the process. This is just me thinking out loud no one should take it seriously. For me, I never saw the point in adopting an institutions traditions and values, partly because I don't have any myself, nor does my family, so when I see things like that, you can say that feelings of bitterness and jealousy shine through. But again, I just like to think out loud and a lot.

Anonymous said...

I think I get what you are saying, but I'm not sure. So what you are saying is that you feel like an outsider because you don't understand the traditions of the school and you feel that when other students embrace "the traditions" you feel like they are losing their identifications with being a Latino?

And at the end you state that you feel like you don't have any traditions or values, so you can't relate to having those "traditions"?

Just to let you know, the traditions and values that universities claim are just that, claims. No one should build their values and traditions from an educational institution. What someone (who actually busts their ass) gets at a university is a foundation to build upon like hard work and critical thinking. Not family values that should be passed on type of thing. I think it's good that you are noticing these things now. It will help you find out who you are as a person. As i read you posts the underlying picture between most of them are you really trying to discover who you are (sounds so cliche but true). Keep on trucking. You will get there. Might be in a week, month or a few years, but it will happen.

-SDChe

El Random Hero said...

I'd say you hit the nail on the head, more or less. Since everything I write is about me and my adventures, writing out helps make sense of it and hopefully others as well.