Towards the my high school career, I sometimes wondered to myself, "What made the quality of my education so great? More importantly, how can I enhance my education in college?" Reflecting on my tenure as a student, I can safely say that the elements of my schooling which made my education so great, were the intellectual challenges, the constant interaction with a greater community, and traditions that truly made me belong to that larger community.
Ever since I was young, I was always taught that learning is never done through "taking the easy path." Throughout my career as a student, I adhered to this notion, seldom, if ever, taking the path of least resistance. I am a firm believer in the notion that one learns most effectively when challenged, which is one of the main reasons I want to transfer schools. While I have been intellectually stimulated at Binghamton University, I am often left wanting for more: more of a challenge, more of an opportunity for my curiosity to be piqued. I miss the constant intellectualism I was accustomed to in high school, a large part of what made my high school experience, not to mention my education as a whole, so great. I am looking for a more rigorous academic experience, which is perhaps the most crucial reason for my desire to transfer.
In the same way that a transmission provides a means for an automobile to apply its raw power, a community provides a means for fostering an educated mind, and allowing it to apply its knowledge. In becoming a well-rounded individual, there is no substitute for a close-knit community that helps one develop socially and morally. I firmly believe that nearly as much learning is done outside the classroom as is done in the classroom, which explains why I crave an intimate feel to my college experience, where I would not be just a part of a group of students, but a family bound with rich tradition and culture. Despite being active in numerous organizations and clubs on campus, I do not feel an emotional connection or a sense of camaraderie.
Just like my peers, my goal at the end of college is to become a more worldly, aware, diverse and knowledgeable individual. However, more importantly, I plan using the education I receive in college towards a career in medicine, where, just like my college years, I would be giving back to my community every bit as much as it has given me. With an education adhering to my ideals, I have little doubt that I can achieve these goals.