Brene Brown, in her TED Talk on vulnerability, comes up with four ways to be a “whole-hearted” person: to not be afraid of being seen as your whole self, to have courage in being yourself, to accept vulnerability, and to feel worthy. Very poignant stuff, no? These are great strategies to try and implement in everyday life.
But my English teacher is having us go deeper. After watching the talk and thinking about vulnerability, she asked us three questions to have us answer in our blog post: What is scary about college? Can education be whole-hearted, just like people? How can we be whole-hearted students?
What is scary about college? For me, as a former homeschooler whose first experience in any kind of school environment is college, nothing is really scary. Okay, yes, I’ve never had to study for a test, so that is a bit strange and a tiny bit worrisome occasionally, but really scary? No. Vampires are scary. Thinking about living on campus in a couple years in college is a bit more scary than tests, because I’m known for procrastination, so I’m afraid that when I live on my own, it will just get worse. But in the whole scheme of life, the universe, and everything, college is one of the least scary things out there. At least homework can’t kill you.
Is it possible to have a whole-hearted education? By all means, yes. Most definitely. My mom tried to teach me and my brother (I am quite astonished that she didn’t lock herself up in an insane asylum after a few years, but I also really appreciate that she didn’t do that), and she dedicated the last 11 years (if not more) almost exclusively to helping us learn. She’s still helping, because I ask her questions if I have trouble with homework. So yes, I believe whole-heartedly (pun intended) that it is possible to have a whole-hearted education. Is it prevalent? No, I think not. But is it possible? By all means.
How can we be whole-hearted students? Put the entirety of your being into learning as much as you can. Okay, no, not all of the entirety of your being. Have a social life, most definitely. But don’t spend so much time having fun that you don’t learn things that can touch you in a way you never would have known, or things that will help you in ways you never imagined. You can definitely learn from your peers, mostly about human behavior and the Internet these days, but don’t discount the experience and knowledge of your teachers.
So yes, all these things are possible. I believe everything, whether humans or education, can be whole-hearted if you try hard and want it enough. But don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, and love with all your heart.