Educational Excellence

Eugene Pierson

© Copyright 2021 by Eugene Pierson


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We strive for excellence only to be met with failure many times. Certain failures might not be academic ones, but they can be relationship ones, occupational ones, and/or even organizational ones. In the end, our skills will be all that is left of this. My current skills that I earned through LinkedIn Learning include Effective Listening, Microsoft Office 365 Excel, and Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander.

Losing skills affects said people’s “educational investments,” as they depreciate and degenerate over time poignantly and pointedly or gradually and incrementally (Warnke 6). For example, teachers are always necessary, as millions must be employed and working throughout the country and throughout the world. Recruitment begins in college, where students are expected to take certain courses, or endorsements, as well as going through the B.A. or B.S. and the M.Ed. Teachers attend meetings and go through special training (e.g. for SOLs in Virginia and AP exams for teachers belonging to any state).

Now, let us talk a little bit about my education: I want to be many things: poetic, sagacious, and idiosyncratic, as my website fully attests to. It isn’t easy, though. I want to excel in as many avenues and fields as possible but defeat and failure are sometimes creeping by my doorstep. I am glad that I have been doing half electives and half English courses each semester during my time at Mason. Balance is perfection. In Fall 2019, I did two English classes and two electives. In Spring 2020, I did two English classes and two more electives. In Summer 2020, I did one English class and one Spanish class. In Fall 2021, my last semester, I will be doing 3 English classes and one UNIV course. In Fall 2020, I did three English classes and 2 History classes. Anyway, close enough. I am a perfectionist. It has taken me seemingly forever to get this far into my degree program due to my two inconsecutive gap years. I am excited that I will have more free time, after finishing my university courses.

I am honestly hoping and praying to God that our student loan debts can be forgiven by $10,000 per student. That is my long-cherished desire. Whether the Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer accomplish this, or the House of Representatives accomplish this under Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, that isn’t important to me. I just want it to happen. Pres. Biden and Vice President Harris have expressed that they would do so, as the Progressive platform wants it to happen. However, they obviously have a full plate, juggling Covid-19 relief efforts, immigration reform, and reforms for every other sector of society, as well. It would be an injustice or a disservice if I said that I cannot handle my student loan debt by myself. I can, I know. But, who ever said a little help hurts? It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t. I know my God-given value.

I know I have to live up to my ancestors’ expectations, as well as my immediate family’s expectations. Both my brothers have graduated from George Mason each with a Bachelor’s degree. The eldest, Owin, is thinking of going back to school for grad school to become a therapist. He lives on the other side of the country in California, and I am really glad that he wants more out of life and more to offer to others. The impacts of Covid-19 seem to be more pronounced where he is in L.A. I don’t want to be less of a brother to him, so I want to be a good texter and communicator to him, not only talking about myself.

I want to gradually tackle the assignments listed on my courses’ syllabi. Yet, I need to work part-time while taking classes. I just recently had a client who was a joke. He said that he plays piano for his church, but he was way too inquisitive about my church, saying how I can make my own decisions as an adult. He does not agree with my church’s teachings. We only did a 30-minute free demo lesson, and it was unfruitful. We played “Amazing Grace” and “10,000 Reasons”, but it just was unsuccessful due to his prying eye into my religious affairs. Another client has reached out to me, so I’m hoping that that demo lesson will be more productive.

In any regard, we need schools, whether physical buildings of educational institutions, houses of worship, or piano studios. If we did not have elementary school, we would have even more serious issues in our society, as early childhood development proves to provide focalized attention for, and retention of, abilities. Warnke and Desjardins argue that fluid intelligence declines “already in early adulthood,” which goes contrary to the preconceived notion that adults are capable and sophisticated people in general. Crystalized intelligence is used to compensate for the lack of skills in fluid intelligence (Warnke and Desjardins, 2012, p. 9 cited Baltes, 1987). Fluid intelligence means to be able to think and reason abstractly, whereas crystallized intelligence is formed through reading, studying, and learning new things. Both concepts are important facets of psychology. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are implicitly noted as being reasons why older people suffer under the oppressiveness of ageing (13-14). Being nurtured and taught is important for the development and pursuit of academic excellence, occupational freedom and flexibility, and overall happiness and well-being (15). The family proves to be essential to these varying dynamics and interacting elements. Changes in society can also impact these pursuits and developments: “the 1990s technological revolution” and “improvements to living conditions, sanitation and nutrition” (16).

Similarly, in Writer’s Market 2020, we are told to follow certain guidelines, tips, and skillsets: “Write well, but be concise,” “post relevant content,” “figure out your blogging goals,” and “link to posts in other media” (Brewer 66). These tips are mostly applicable to bloggers, and I am a blogger. So, it works out well enough. I blog on Quora, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, in addition to having three websites (two of which I no longer have access to, due to not knowing the password for my student Weebly account). I blog about my goals, many of which are still in the air, as I am pursuing several occupational avenues at the moment. I, of course, want to perform well in my job, and that entails having more clients/students. Yet, I also have seen how many WyzAnt tutors have a primary job, in addition to the tutoring as a secondary job.

Skills are necessary, as we are told through promotions on YouTube by YouTubers who offer discounts to viewers: Skill Share. Anyway, I am a firm believer in hobbies, as well as professionalized hobbies. For me, that was made possible through piano practice and recitals.

Works Cited
Brewer, Robert L. Writer’s Market 2020. Penguin Random House: United States, 2019. pp. 1-
Warnke, Arne J. and Richard Desjardins. Ageing and Skills: A Review and Analysis of Skill Gain
and Skill Loss Over the Lifespan and Over Time. OECD Publishing: 2012. pp. 1-85.

I am a student at George Mason. I am only published in three literary magazines at the moment: under my high school’s literary magazine brand—Ursa Major from Forest Park High School. I love writing answers on Quora, posts on Instagram, and reviews on Goodreads.

I used to be the accompanist at my church, but the building will no longer be used by us due to Covid-19. I am gay, and that has affected many aspects of my life. I struggle to discern my identity at times, but I know I like guys at the very least. I love doing meetings and appointments for health, mental health, and my university’s offices and organizations. I love tutoring, as it provides me with a sense of clarity for my own education.

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