Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore!
By MTC Student Ambassador, LP
Do you remember Dorothy and Toto? How about the Tin-Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion? What an adventure they had, searching for their dreams along the yellow brick road. Meeting along the way the Munchkins, Glinda the good witch from the north, and the scary wicked witch from the west, they skipped along that path.
As their journey progressed, they began to mature, to look beyond what they wanted and instead they began to look for what was good for all of them. It was no longer just about Dorothy going back home or the Tin-Man gaining a heart, but it was about strangers becoming friends and learning to take care of each other, to mature into a selfless group looking out for the good of the group. When their adventure was coming to a close, and the great and powerful Oz was discovered to be just an ordinary man, the true lesson of life was unfolded before their eyes. It was pointed out to them that the heart, brains, and courage that they (Tin-Man, Scarecrow, and Lion) were searching for was within them the whole time. And Dorothy’s search for her way back home was really inside her very own heart all along. When we stop to think about it, this is exactly how our life really is.
We all came to MTC starting an adventure down our own personal yellow brick road. We enrolled here with the ultimate goal of obtaining the education required for either career advancement, or a career change. Along the way we meet friends, counselors, advisors, and instructors who have each added to our adventure. As time progresses we mature, moving from the self focused journey, into one of a group effort. We impact each other’s lives, and leave our marks on each other’s hearts as we travel down our own yellow brick road. Instructors not only educate, but impart in us a new way of thinking; being able to approach life with a new positive attitude, and attitude of change. Advisors, counselors, administrators all lead by example. Encouraging, assisting, leading us as they walk the halls talking to us, and doing the simplest form of care – giving us a much needed smile – a smile that says we know you are here, and we are here for you.
As the quarters begin to all mush together, and the only focus is graduating (like Dorothy wanting to go home), we need to remind ourselves to slow down, stop, take in every minute, every opportunity, making every memory count. After graduation we will embark on our next journey. We need to remember to always take the brains, heart, and courage that we have gained from our friends here, and hold them tightly in our own hearts and minds; to take the wisdom from Oz (our instructors, advisors, counselors) and apply it to our lives. Graduating from MTC will leave us prepared to face life and to start a new adventure!
Now, standing arm in arm, together we will travel down the MTC-brick road, facing any obstacle that comes our way!
Singing: “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!”