Southern New Hampshire University
The chosen article is ‘Some lessons from the Assembly line,’ authored by Andrew Braaksma. The author basically describes his experiences in working in a factory during summer. In addition to that, he highlights his experiences and the way it shaped him value education.
In my claim I believe Education is the key to success. My belief concurs with the author’s goal that education is the key to success and that experience serves as the best teacher. After reading the claim, I would want to ensure I work and study hard in equal measures.
The key points as discussed include the benefits of education, difficulty in transitioning from between school and full time blue collar job, the spirit of motivation. The author argues for individuals understanding the meaning of education as it may be undervalued in the short term but pays in the long run.
In the article, the author asserts that, ‘The things that factory work has taught me–how lucky I am to get an education, how to work hard, how easy it is to lose that work once you have it–are by no means earth-shattering( Braaksma, 2005).’’ The aforementioned quote generally supports the3 first point that hard work is the key to success.
The above quote explain the author’s stance on what he feels about valuing education and that losing a job could happen any time. I personally concur with the author when he asserts that doing part-time jobs does not really expose students to the real life. In addition to that, the author meets his goal in conveying information to students on the benefits of studying hard. No additional information is to be included.
The second key point generally involves the difficulty in transitioning from school to a full time blue collar job.
7.Now look for specific evidence to support this second key point. The evidence should be a direct quote from the article, a summary of a section of the article, or a paraphrased section of the article. Include the evidence in the textbox. (Remember to put quotation marks around direct quotes.)
The author asserts that, ‘For a student like me who considers any class before noon to be uncivilized, getting to a factory by 6 o’clock each morning, where rows of hulking, spark-showering machines have replaced the lush campus and cavernous lecture halls of college life, is torture( Braaksma, 2005)’.
For a fact, transitioning from school to a blue collar job is such an uphill task or rather torture. However, the author justifies that it pays at the long run as one is able to know what the real life entails. The author definitely met his goal form the aforementioned evidence. No additional information is included as the author nails it the way it should be.
The third key pint is that the author asserts that he finds it torture constantly waking up at six in the morning to go to work in the factory. From assignment one, the aforesaid are one of the main reasons students fear getting into blue collar jobs.
The author in his article asserts that, ‘Last June, as I stood behind the bright orange guard door of the machine, listening to the crackling hiss of the automatic welders, I thought about how different my life had been just a few weeks earlier( Braaksma, 2005)’
The aforementioned basically explains how he got it difficult to adapt to a new life. As a student, the author was not fond of waking up that early to go to school. My reaction to the author’s point is that I concur. Transitioning, especially from time of waking up, is always a very difficult task. For that reason, I strongly agree with the author on how adapting to a new schedule can be difficult. The author met his goal as he was able to convey the message of time management in the quest for success.
My claim as stated in question 2 basically points out to the difficulty one can have in transitioning from campus life to a job environment life.
The author’s key points basically point out on the importance of education and the challenges that come by in transitioning from a work case scenario. The author asserts that transitioning from school to a blue collar job might be difficult. However, it assists students to learn that there is more to education and hence it should not be taken for granted.
The idea of education being the key to success is a concept that should be understood by all students. Apart from being in class, they ought to go out and get conversant with what real life awaits them then. In addition to that, students should understand that there are a lot of challenges as they transition from school to job life.
Braaksma, A. (2005). Some Lessons fromthe Assembly Line. Newsweek, 146(11), 17.
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