Five reasons the “cool kids” were wrong about reading being uncool

I have no idea what it’s like to grow up not being a reader, having a mom that’s an English teacher really causes an emphasis on reading in the home. Even my dad, who was a math major, read books to my brother and me growing up. Maybe because I grew up this way I will always think reading is a cool thing to do, however most people don’t. All throughout my years of schooling I was told by the “cool kids” or jocks that reading was something nerds did, even being in honors classes students had that mindset. Let me tell you why they are wrong.

  1. Reading increases your vocabulary.

Without having to study lists and lists of words you can easily increase your mental word bank. You can read a book that actually interests you and while you’re enjoying the story you’re subconsciously adding new words to your memory. You can sound smarter without studying and while doing something you enjoy.

  1. Reading provides an escape from day to day life.

Reading a book can allow you to immerse yourself in a story that is unlike the life you currently live. You can use a story to remove you from your daily life. Like a watching a movie, a book can give you a different story other than your day to day life that you can focus on.

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The different covers of Harry Potter
  1. Reading helps you relax

As previously stated books give you a different story from your daily life, allowing to distract from the stressful things going on in your life. While you’re focusing on the main character’s ailments yours seem to fade away. Whenever I have something stressful going on in my life, I’ll just sit down and read a book and let it take me away.

  1. Reading brings people closer together

Book series, even the less popular ones usually have a fan base, because of this you can connect with the other fans of the series. Another way books can help connect people is through book clubs which you can form with your friends or you can find one in your area of people you don’t know. Either way, they are great ways to bring people together.

  1. Reading allows you to step into someone else’s shoes

Without having to pay an expensive traveling bill you can experience what it’s like to visit London or Paris. You can see what it’s like to live in a different time period or even a different universe. Books written about a different world or universe can allow you to see and experience things that you never would have thought possible without running up a large bill.

I included a picture of Harry Potter, why? Yes it is my favorite series, I’ve seen all the movies and read the books. However the first time I read the books, I didn’t read them, my dad read them to me because I was too young. I grew up looking forward to spending time with my family via reading. I was raised on stories of the boy who lived, and now with my parents divorced and my dad having moved away, I can reread or even just think about the good times we had around Harry Potter. Not only did Harry Potter unite my family when I was younger, but it also brought me closer to my best friend at the time who also loved Harry Potter. It has a way of bringing fans together and with things like Pottermore the fans can keep the magic alive. This is just one example of why reading is so cool, among the others that I stated.

 

 

Dream Big

When you’re eighteen years old you’re supposed to know what you’re going to want to do for the rest of your life. Well they say 18, because that’s when you start college, but really you should know around 16 or 17 because that’s when you’ll be picking which colleges to apply to and filling out applications. Let’s be honest, you’re really supposed to know what you want to do from the moment you’re born. When you’re little you’re asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While no one explicitly says it’s not okay to know what you want to do at that age, you also don’t want to be the one kid that doesn’t have anything to dress up for on career day. Oddly enough we expect kids to have big dreams, like rock star oor president and laugh when they already want to be something serious like a lawyer. Then once you’re older, if you tell someone you want to be a rock star they hit you with the “What’s your back up plan?” So you’re telling me I’ve wasted my whole childhood dreaming about a future that can’t happen?

When I was younger I wanted to be a vet, that’s one of the popular ones that kids choose. It was also a career path that I was encouraged to pursue, probably because it was realistic. However despite my encouragement at a young age in high school people began discouraging vet school as well telling me “Getting into vet school is very hard, I hope you have a back up plan.” and “It’s very expensive are you sure you can do it?” and even, “Are you sure you’re going to be a good vet?” While I was met with opposition  for my seemingly attainable career, I can’t imagine the negativity people who had bigger dreams faced. While I realized wanting to be a vet wasn’t for me, it wasn’t because of the struggles people thought I’d face, I just realized I had other interests in other fields I’d enjoy more. I just think it stinks for people who have big dreams that are attainable to them, but they don’t try because they’ve never had real encouragement.

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Community II

My friends and I have formed out own community. At the very center, there is me, Hannah, Alex, Coleman, and Dustin. Alex, Coleman, Dustin, and me grew up together, I’ve known the three of them since I was 5.  Then Hannah joined us around the tie of our senior year of high school. On top of us we have brought many other people in as well. Alex has included his girlfriend Destiny by having her live with them. Their roommate Christian has been added to our community because he moved in with them as well. On top of Christian is his younger brother Jameson, however he got added to the group not through Christian but by being Coleman’s friend first.

Then there’s also Arric, who we’ve all known since grade school, and Summer, his girlfriend, who don’t spend as much time with everyone but are close with Coleman and Alex and therefor are also in our small community. One of my good friends Amy has also been added to our community recently due to the fact that she’s reconnecting with us all from when we were in middle school.

Honestly,  if I went back in time to my high school self, maybe around sophomore or junior year, when I felt my loneliest, and told me that I’d have such a large group of people I associate with, I’d think you were crazy. Not that these are my only friends, but they are the ones that feel closest to family to me. I spend most of my time with them and they are who I go to when I need something positive in my life. When I’m with them, even though we’ve all found our ways into the group through various ways and people, I feel like I’m a part of a community.

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