What is a Scholar?
What is a scholar? The formal definition is an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well or someone who has been given a scholarship. Although these definitions aren’t wrong, they don’t really define what a scholar actually is. I believe a scholar is anyone who loves knowledge and wants to further his/her education. This is why I consider myself to be a scholar.
The origin of the word scholar comes from the Latin word schola or school. First known use was before the 12th century and originally meant leisure time given to learning. During that time, if you were in school and studied then you were considered a scholar. If you were to take that same definition and applied it today, those who were in school and did study are not necessarily considered scholars. Just because you study for a test does not mean that you want to, which is what I believe separated a scholar from a normal student.
For me, a scholar must show passion in what they study. Showing interest and a hunger for more knowledge, whatever the subject be. This is why I consider myself to be a scholar. I find my major, biology, immensely rewarding. It’s so interesting to me how life exist. Which is what makes me want to learn more, and work harder to understand concepts.
Now we normally think of scholars being at a college, but this is not true. Let’s take for instance someone who did not graduate from an accredited institution; however, taught themselves and became one of the most powerful men in America, Bill Gates. He never graduated, but he holds knowledge because he decided to advance his wisdom wealth and study the mechanics and process of a computer. He set the standard for many scholars who now study his work and inventions. Does this mean that a man who can develop websites but can’t balance a chemical equation is stupid? Albert Einstein once that stated that, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to...