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  • A Panel Alongside the Youth of America

    by Stratton Smith | Oct 26, 2016
    <p>Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking to just over 100 East Noble Middle-Schoolers at Manchester. A fellow blogger and I took the stage as all of these students asked us question after question. Just as the mind of a middle-schooler works, the questions were scattered everywhere from, &ldquo;What do you want to do after college&rdquo; to &ldquo;When do you guys eat lunch?&rdquo; Nonetheless, time flew by quick because these students made the experience fun. Hilariously, I even was asked if I modeled by a little girl. AT LEAST SOMEONE APPRECIATES MY FACE. Sadly, I should&rsquo;ve mentioned to the girl that the world doesn&rsquo;t deserve to see THIS much beauty at one time. I pride myself on my humility.</p> <p>As we moved along from question to question, I noticed we didn&rsquo;t get THAT many silly question. All of these middle-schoolers were asking questions that I was asking just months before I made my decision to go to Manchester. It&rsquo;s REALLY, REALLY cool to see the youth of America this excited and interactive about their futures.&nbsp; I have a nephew in 7<sup>th</sup> grade and it&rsquo;s weird to think that he might already be thinking about college. *sheds tear about my widdle baby nephew growing up, but in reality I&rsquo;m crying because I&rsquo;m getting so old, but then PLOTTWIST; the tears I&rsquo;m crying are tears of joy because I know I&rsquo;m just THAT much closer to cashin&rsquo; in those social security checks and just straight-up FLEXIN&rsquo; on haters&mdash;Holy wow, that got out-of-hand. My apologies everyone.</p> <p>Getting back to these mini-adults, it&rsquo;s really reassuring to see them excited about education, because I don&rsquo;t see much of that in college anymore. Several students come to Manchester for a sport. Truthfully, there is nothing wrong with that. I partially came here for a sport as well, BUT I have always made sure that I don&rsquo;t define myself as an athlete, as opposed to a well-rounded human being that is just trying his best (coffee helps). Education and expanding/maturing your mind something we should all strive to do at Manchester, but so often we believe our four years at MU should be based around something we do on a field or court. It&rsquo;s just super reassuring to see an abundance of young people be eager to further their education, while I&rsquo;m not seeing as many living, breathing students making those strides.</p> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/strattonsmith38fdcf922d02625b9ff6ff0000763cab.jpg?sfvrsn=eaffad62_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="StrattonSmith" title="StrattonSmith" /><br /> <em>Stratton Smith &rsquo;17 is an English major, hailing from a small town just east of Indianapolis. Stratton is the captain of the tennis team, co-founder of Academic Probation, Manchester's improv troupe, and Vice President of the Theatre &amp; Society club.</em>