Society places priority on a college degree than on the passion of individuals. As a child who grew up in Nigeria, academics had to come first even before my sleep time. Every time I struggled to make the best grades because I had been taught that my grades defined it all. As l strived to be the best, I realized that experiences and the true essence of learning were the opportunity costs of focusing on the best grades. I began to focus on the grades rather than on the unmeasured knowledge that could be acquired along with the grades. After graduation from high school, I discovered that passion is beyond grades and certificates. Passion lives inside of everyone and it takes doing what we love to make passion expose itself. I found out that society had not emphasized passion and this had placed detrimental marks on young people, especially teenagers. The differences between passion and grades are so clear that I began to realize a lot of benefits I had missed because of my focus on the wrong thing. Some of these differences include:
Society needs to shift its focus from grades and college degrees to passion because passion burns faster than a college degree. A lot of people go through a higher institution in bondage because they are forced by their family and society to pursue in degrees that bring back the highest paycheck. This idea is destructive and makes many people living deads because they are going through a process without passion and interest. Passion can never be paid for because it is worth more than money can buy. With passion, money should not be a problem because people who follow their passion produce excellent results. Families and society should emphasize passion in order to ensure that people in different professions and fields are not dead from suppression by grades, but alive by the burning fire of passion.