National Student Essay Contest Winner (Grades 10-12)
Written by: Krissa Matthews
Marshall High School
One of the more remarkable things about our society is that it
is always changing. People change their opinions and perspectives
throughout their lives. Society will have many transformations
taking place in the next thirty-five years. It will not happen
suddenly, but eventually there will be an incomparable amount of
equality taking place in our country. Some of the reasons include
the growth of knowledge in younger generations and the diversifying
One reason people's views of others will change is that
discrimination is funneled through generations. The older of the
generations may still have large issues with people that are unlike
them, but it decreases more and more with each new generation. That
is because the new generations are living in today's wold and see
people as people. They have been taught in school that everyone is
equal. Some people are still living the past, when age, color,
national origin and sex determined a person's social stature.
Today, those rules are far from applying to society.
There has also been great progress in the diversifying of
communities. Years ago, there was segregation between
neighborhoods, but that has decreased greatly. As America continues
to evolve, it will become harder and harder for people not to live
in a place where they are surrounded by different cultures and
races of people. People will be forced to open up to new things in
their world regardless of whether they wish to view it with open
eyes or not.
Today in jobs, we are already seeing the changes that have
occurred. People are able to get nearly any job for which they wish
to apply and do not have to be concerned whether their sex, age,
national origin, race, color, or disability will affect the
decision of the employers. Even though that is the case, there are
still some people who cannot allow themselves to look past the
exterior characteristics of a person. It is hard for these people
to look inside a person when they believe they do not like what
they see on the outside. This will greatly change in the next few
years as people will be forced to look deep into something they
never have before; then they will be able to see the creative
energy each person may hold. They will have to disregard the
stereotypes they once knew and move past viewing people as just a
person in a wheel chair or just a person with dark skin.
Overall, society will become a place where diversity will not
be a concern. Each community and place of employment will have an
unavoidable amount of variance in the many individuals who are part
of it. If a rainbow was made of one color, it would be dull, and if
the wold was filled with one type of human, it would also be dull.
It is the differences that make life interesting.