The holiday season is here. College students everywhere let out a cheer. Their classes are done and the break has almost begun. Now it is time to relax and have loads of fun. We all pack our bags getting ready to leave. Wait not so fast, college has more one trick up its sleeve. It’s finals week.
Finals week is the time of year where everyone is mixed with excitement and misery. We are excited because the semester is just about over. We get to go home and enjoy some time off. We are miserable because we realize that to get home we have to spend the last week on campus with our heads in our books falling asleep in the library trying to get a passing grade on an exam that makes or breaks our grades with a perverse professor that likes to see students fail. (Breathe). At least that is what the stereotype of finals week is.
To be honest I do not think I have ever been that worried about finals week. Yeah, I maybe a little different from the average college student but I also view finals differently. Finals definitely are a lot of work but to succeed you have to put in a lot of work. Someone recently told me that the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary; they were absolutely right. If you want to succeed in school and on your finals you have to be willing to put in a lot of work. You have to be willing to sacrifice some free time for studying. You have to be willing to sacrifice time spent on Facebook for working through problems. You have to be willing to sacrifice time spend writing your blog to read your text-book. (Don’t worry I wouldn’t do that to my loyal readers). The point is to succeed on finals you are going to have to make sacrifices. That does not just pertain to finals week; it pertains to life. In life sacrifice always comes before success, even in the dictionary.
People always say they want to be successful but they are not willing to work for it or make the sacrifices necessary. They want to lose the weight but they don’t want to sacrifice their favorite foods. They want to get a promotion but they are not willing to put in the extra work at the office. They want to do live their dreams but they are not willing to sacrifice their comfortable life style and work hard to make their dreams a reality.
Don’t get me wrong, some people don’t have to work for anything or make any sacrifices, but is that really success? Did those people really accomplish anything by buying their way to where they are? More importantly are you one of those people? If not, stop complaining and comparing yourself to them. Sitting there wondering why your life can’t be like theirs will not help you. Instead of wasting energy think about why you can’t be like them, use that energy to be a better you. Don’t worry about them and don’t try to be like them. Be a better you. You have to ask yourself, “Do I really want this?” If the answer is yes then you need to work as hard as you can and make those sacrifices to achieve whatever it is you want to do.
Life isn’t like a dictionary, work always comes before true success and sacrifice is right there with it. Go out and work hard on your studying and make those sacrifices to do well on your exams. Don’t sacrifice too much sleep though, you still need that. Good luck to everyone taking finals and everyone trying to accomplish a goal.