Mar. 14, 2016
This is the time of the semester where everything snowballs into an uncontrollable mess.
Midterms are coming up (if you haven’t already had them), work cranks up for some reason and the weather is getting warmer, encouraging daydreaming and outside activity. That complicates matters.
All of this becomes something that can seem overwhelming. The end of the semester, the light at the end of the tunnel, can seem eons away.
But there are two thoughts we’d like to remind you of during all this insanity.
First, failure is OK.
Something didn’t go your way the first time. That’s fine. Don’t let it affect your future.
But also know that failure is unacceptable, and they don’t hand out awards for trying in the real world. So resolve to do better.
Use failure as motivation. You learn a ton about yourself when presented with difficult situations. Embrace them as a learning experience.
To paraphrase an example from history: Thomas Edison tried and failed many times to develop what he needed for the incandescent lightbulb.
When asked about it, he said that he didn’t fail, he found out a ton of ways that didn’t work.
But he eventually found one that did, and he changed the world. There is always a lesson to learn even if you fail.
You have the ability to impact the world for the better as well. You can’t give up because you failed one test or didn’t do as well on that presentation you’ve been practicing. Your grades don’t define you and you can always bounce back.
Second, don’t give up yet.
We’ve still got nearly half a semester to go, and it will require your full attention. You are paying for this education. Finish strong.
School is hard and life is meant to challenge you; embrace that. Find a way to enhance the positives, because it makes the roller coaster a little less bumpy.