Remember Why You Started
College isn’t easy. Some days you have the chance to enjoy all the activities and events on campus, while on others you want to curl up in a ball and hide from the two midterms, three essays and group project you have due that week. The important thing is to find balance and remember to find a moment to get it together.
As a graduating senior, I can honestly say this has been my toughest semester. Taking 18 hours, having two jobs, trying to find time for my friends and sneaking in the occasional nap takes a lot of work. For me, the problem wasn’t dealing with all I had to do. It was that I noticed I had no motivation to do anything else.
As someone who enjoys school (yes, I know I’m a nerd), it was weird for me to feel so disconnected from my studies and slowly realize I wasn’t placing as much effort in my classes. After spending several weeks in a slump, I realized I had to change my attitude. So yes, this semester has been hard, I have had a million things going on and I have no set path for my future, but that doesn’t mean I can give up.
Coming to college wasn’t only my dream; it was something I shared with a lot of people who are very special to me. I realized that giving anything less than my best effort wasn’t fair to them or to me. I came to college to become a better person and to make sure that I was the one that decided what my future was going to look like. So I wasn’t about to let one little setback mess with that.
I can’t say that I’ve gotten my motivation back 100 percent, that I’m not stressed to the max, or that I don’t fall asleep involuntarily every time I lay my head down (it’s college after all). But what I do know is that I can handle this. Because no matter what the upcoming weeks have in store for me, I will get through it and all my efforts will be worth it.
So if you are ever feeling a little unmotivated, remember why you started, remember why this is one of the most influential stages of your life and don’t let life get you down.