The Power of Exposure and Experience

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Today, I would like to share a brief, lovely, and real story with a reminder that seeing and experiencing certain things in life changes young people's minds and has lifelong positive impacts on them and their contributions to society!

There is this highly successful professor called Selcuk Sirin at New York University. He is originally from a village in northeast Turkey. Considering the limited resources and experiences in this small village, what he has accomplished in his life is quite an achievement.

When he was in high school, he was failing in many classes because he did not see the school's importance. At that time, his biggest life goals were to marry his neighbor's daughter and to open a small shop in the village. Considering the environment he lives in, this was the best he could think of for his future.

One day his father showed him a picture of some young people in front of a building. He was so impressed by this image, the way they dressed, the location, everything. He asked his father who and where these people were. His father said these are the university students at one of the country's top universities. And that one picture changed his life forever.

He took his classes very seriously, worked hard, and got accepted to the same university in the picture where only the top 1% of the students in the nation were admitted based on a university entrance exam. Still to this date, he thanks his father for that one picture he showed him while he was in high school.

As educators, it is important that we find ways to expose our students to real-life problems, phenomenons, and experiences so that they have the chance to find their passions in life.

"It’s all background experience and listening and exposure. That’s why it’s so important for people today and during any time to expose your children to lots of different kinds of things". — Al Jarreau

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Dr. Kenan Sener is the founding Head of School at one of our nation’s most excellent independent schools, Fulton Science Academy Private School, with seven years of teaching and fifteen years of school administration experience. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and is the first-ever recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award among all charter school principals in the State of Georgia in 2011. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2016 STEM Education Award by Technology Association of Georgia. Furthermore, he was also recognized with the 2017 Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award for Exceptional Service by Global Destination Imagination. Dr. Sener created the WHAT IS NEXT IN EDUCATION blog in 2020. Since then, the website has been thriving and has quickly gained a loyal following.

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