Coming into college we all have our own perception of what is going to be expected of us and how we are going to achieve our goals. Now that we are here, we realize that college is not what any of us assumed it would be. Though we work our tails off and study into the ungodly hours of the night, we are still exposed time and time again to failure. One of the biggest take aways that I got from lecture last week was not to be too hard on myself.
Though none of the panelist directly stated this, they inferred it through numerous responses. for example, many of them explained that grades aren’t everything. One of the lies that I am currently held captive by. They said that it’s more about a holistic approach now but if I don’t get an ‘A’ then I really don’t feel successful, so this made me wonder, am I being too hard on myself?
Another very interesting point that was brought up was a gap year. I never wanted to take a gap year, that was for individuals who didn’t know what they wanted in life, the ones who didn’t have it all together… or so I thought. I thought going through undergrad and straight to my masters would be the only way to achieve what I wanted. I know that this is yet another lie that had control over me, and I can’t be too hard on myself if I need some time to regroup.
After listening to the panel, do you feel like you are too hard on yourself? What made you realize that there might be a different path you could take through school?