The real world: Find the values in your life

0 Comments 11 January 2013

By Mustapha Jaber
Unis Middle School

“You are stupid, ugly, worthless.”

How many of you have heard those words? Degrading words ruin-self-esteem. If you hear those words enough, you start to believe them.

Albert Einstein once said, “everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

I asked two students and a counselor, Mrs. Wilkie, about self-esteem.

Kassem Beydoun

Student Kassem Beydoun said, “The meaning of life to me is to live the fullest and appreciate what you have. My life like as a kid was fun because I used to not worry about everything, but as I get older I am starting to realize the more you grow the more responsibility you have. In the future, I plan to become a pastry chef and open my own shop. I will achieve this goal by always moving on in life.”

Houssien Ajrouche

Houssien Ajrouche said, “The meaning of life to me is to have fun, live, and to get work done and prepare for the future. My life like in the past was great. I learned to always believe in myself and that life has its ups and downs. I plan to become an orthopedic surgeon and to live my lifelong dream. I will achieve my goal by making the best out of everything life throws at me.”

Nancy Wilkie

Counselor Nancy Wilkie said, “The meaning of life to me is to be humble, helpful and compassionate to all these I meet. In my past, I was very active, surrounded by family and friends. This relates to me, because I felt unsure myself in many situations and therefore needed support from other people and I was very shy in many situations. Bullying? I was made fun of for being tall. I help students by praising them, point out good things and talking positively.”

After reading this article ask yourself “What makes your life worth it?”

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Unis Middle School

Unis School serves grades K-8 in the Dearborn Public School District. The school principal is Heyam Alcodray. These are its beliefs about education:

  • A student's highest potential includes improvements academically, artistically, emotionally and socially.
  • Student achievement requires a cooperative effort among parents, teachers and the community to provide encouragement and reinforce core values.
  • Good instruction is assessment-driven, outcomes-based, active, and engaging.
  • Effective instruction touches the world of each student providing for different learning styles and needs.
  • Education is a life-long process that prepares students to be successful, contributing citizens in a changing world.

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