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June 18, 2013

Mauzy: Recent graduates are free to explore

RUSHVILLE — Two weeks have now passed since Rush County Schools released new graduates from a state required academic curriculum. With that workload now complete, the former students must decide what to do with the rest of their lives.  Regardless of their plans to engage in higher education or directly enter the workforce or military, the most meaningful aspect of their new freedoms will be to discover where and how they fit into society.

 
Depending on perceptions of life, it will be the individuality and uniqueness of each of these new graduates that will guide them to one direction or another.  Some may feel perfectly comfortable remaining in this known environment of Rush County while others may feel the atmosphere is too suffocating, restrictive, and narrowly controlled.
 
I always find it interesting to discuss life choices and plans with the younger generation. Whereas many adults think individuals in their late teens or early twenties don't understand many aspects of living in an adult society, I feel there are areas where their views are the most correct of all. Meaning, they often understand quite well the rules of their community where stereotyped gender roles are scripted and where acceptance of unique individuality is either positive or negative.
 
When we think of the term "recent graduate", the mind may merely provide an image of a young male or female with no other connections to the individuality of each.  As much as we may believe we are alike because we grow up in the same area, individual differences are quite varied.  Male and female qualities differ among us, as do the ways we identify with being of one gender or another. Likewise, our race, our nationality, and our ethnic upbringing can appear to make us vastly different from others--the norm--but, in reality, these qualities just further identify our uniqueness as individuals.

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