Alright, I’m not going to mention any names, but the other day I saw on Tumblr a comment someone had posted in defense of a person they admire. Someone had criticized this person for various reasons, and had used the word “shallow.” So then this other person came along to refute that criticism by pointing out that the individual in question had given up a college scholarship to travel the world.
Forgive me, but in my mind, giving up a college scholarship (for whatever reason) is not necessarily something to be proud of. Granted, college is not for everyone, travelling is educational too, and each person has the right to make their own decision about what they want to do. But, there are a lot of young people out there who would give anything for the chance to go to college, and it just seems to me a little odd, and maybe also a little insensitive, for someone to use giving up a scholarship as an example of how wonderful someone is. I’m not saying this person isn’t wonderful, nor am I saying there’s anything wrong with giving up a scholarship to do something else (if you’re fortunate enough to have that choice). All I’m saying is that if this person really is wonderful, it’s because of the other things that were mentioned (such as charitable activities) - not the part about giving up the scholarship, even if it was to do something as awesome as travelling the world. Does that make sense? Perhaps I’m being overly critical again and should keep my mouth shut, but sometimes I just can’t help it. Perhaps it’s because, as miserable as I was during my college years, I consider my higher education to be one of the most valuable things I possess. I can also say that I got a whole lot more out of the travelling I did after college than before. But that’s just me.
If any of my followers see this, some of them will probably be able to guess who I’m talking about, and although I can’t see why anyone would want to reblog this, I ask that if you do, you don’t use any tags or anything that would suggest or reveal anyone’s identity. I’m in enough trouble with these people as it is.