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THE CHOWANIAN, CHOWAN COLLEGE, MURFREESBORO, N. C.
Thursday, April 24, 1924.
THE ADVANTAGES OF
(By COLUMBUS McKEEL, Ahoslcie
We are living in a new era today;
one unsurpassed in the annals of his-'
tory for its wonderful educational
For several centuries the person
who was able to secure an education
was fortunate Indeed. It was a thing
almost unthought of by the people
from the lower stations of life. But
there has been a tremendous change.
No longer does monarchial govern
ment hold full sway as it did in an
cient times. It has disappeared and
its place has been taken by a broad
democracy. A democracy stronger
than any monarchy ever was, a de
mocracy under which every man has
a voice in the government of his
country. We have a government “of
the people, for the people, and by
But what brought about this
change? The answer is not hard to
find if we will glance back a few
centuries and let our eyes rest upon
monarchical Europe. We see coun
tries ruled over by tyrants whose
every word is law. We see the no
bility, rich and idle and unscrupulous,
ready at all times to carry out any
command of the king, however un
just it may be, in order to win favor
at court. Then we see the people
poor, down-trodden and ignorant. It
is indeed a pitiful sight. We see them
toiling from morning till night to
■support the country’s monarch and
gain a miserable living for themselves.
But what can they do? Nothing is
the answer. There is no chance for
advancement in life for they are ig-
^jTaxSri-^fiL-tbsir money ta]jen for
taxes.' TTiere came a time though
when the people, ignorant and down
trodden as they were, grew tired of
oppression. They rebelled against
the monarch who for so long a time
had held them under his thumb. They
became more and more independent,
and as a result, almost all over the
world today is ruled by democracy in
stead of autocracy.
Under the present day system of
government, colleges and other in
stitutions of learning have been
founded. This has been done for the
purpose of educating the people.
There is a reason why the people
should be educated, a reason of vast
ly greater importance than lots of
people apply to it.
Here is the reason. Our govern
ment is a government made up of the
people and run by the people. In
order to make it a success, it must be
run intelligently, and to run it intel
ligently, the ones who are running it
must from necessity be intelligent
To be an intelligent citizen of his
country one does not necessarily have
to have a college education. But
every nation must have leaders, not
only governmental leaders, but in
dustrial leaders, educational leaders,
and leaders for the hundreds of other
things that make our government
what ft is, and the better educated a
man is, the better fitted is he to as
sume leadership. Still, we cannot all
be leaders, but is that any reason why
we should not seek a college educa.
tion? Most assuredly not.
With the opportunities open to the
American boys and girls, every one
of us should be satisfied with nothing'
less than a college education. There
are thousands of ways in which we
would be benefitted by it. Take the I
time spent in college. We are pre
paring ourselves for the battle that
lies ahead of us, the battle of life.
The training we received consists not
only of text-book matter, but we also
receive a course in the study of hu
man nature that we would not get
elsewhere. We are thrown with
hundreds of people daily, everyone
different from the other, and the
number of things we notice and make
a lasting impression upon us is sur
prisingly great. This knowledge is of
great importance to us in later life,
especially in our dealings with people
who are strangers to us.
We are taught refinement, a mark
of character that never leaves us. If
this is not clear to you, stop for a
moment and do a little thinking.
Picture in your mind a boy, who at
the end of his high school career, is
unfortunate enough never to have re
ceived any training in culture and re
finement. Four years later, look at
the same boy at the close of his col
lege career. You are surprised, you
have a perfect right to be. Instead
of the blushing, bashful, scared boy
of four years before, you see a young’
man, calm, collected, perfectly at eas»
in anj-'tfrawing room. One who caw
carry on an intelligent conversatior
on almost any subject. Is this not ♦
help? Indeed it is. It is a thing long
ed for, and wished for by thousands
daily. But they do not have it, so
they are compelled to stand aside and
see the ones who have acquired it take
the places which the unfortunate ones
have coveted so long.
Then comes the thing of more im
portance than anything I have yet
mentioned. That of training us for
the work we intend to do after we
have finished our college course.
Every person has a certain amount
of ability along some line. Lots of
times he never knows in what way
his talent can best be used until he
goes to college. Then under the su
pervision of skilled men, who can do,
his training begins. Four years later
if he has worked and not idled away
his time, he comes forth with a mind
trained to met the problems of life.
Next, we find the man in after
years. We see him steadily climbing
the ladder of fame and success. We
find him among the leading people of
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