This year has been an exciting yet exhausting one and I feel that I’ve learned a lot during it especially during times of extreme stress. To give a specific example there’s last semester’s exam week. It was tough with everything collapsing on me towards the end. I had three papers to do, a precalculus exam to study, and two projects. This wasn’t the only thing that I had on my mind, I also had to work during this week and more than I normally would because there were shifts that I needed to make up for during this time. I was constantly stressed during my brief period of procrastination. Then, I thought about it. The pressure in the back of my mind will not go away if I don’t actually just sit down and do it. So, each day I focused on a certain goal starting with one paper a day. I would force myself to sit in one place for periods up to five hours. It was harsh, but there was a lot of work to be done and I couldn’t wait any longer. I even had to say up to 5 am just to get part of an assignment. Time moved very fast as I was trying to complete each assignment, so much so that I didn’t even have enough time to study for my precalc exam. Luckily, I’m pretty good at math so it didn’t turn out too bad. The day I went home for break felt amazing and I just slept all day because of exhaustion. The moral of the story is that without determination things in life will just collapse on you causing you to fail. I’ve also become more aware of my limits and what I can and just absolutely can’t do (staying up past 5 just working). Overall, I feel more prepared for the challenges ahead in my journey.
This semester overall has had a big impact in my life. First of all, it was my time to see what all the buzz being talked about the fall semester during my time at Bridge. What I heard from Bridge held true during my time here, things like seeing less minorities as I saw in Bridge, having more difficult classes, and a lot more work. Looking back at the letter I sent myself, there were many things my past self wrote that are very much valid. I wrote that I was going to be very stressed and exhausted. I also wrote that I would lazy about starting work (which is true). However, the one thing that strikes me I was confident in myself and I let myself know that if I was ever down to call my family (which i do). As an individual I feel that I’ve grown a lot. I’m proud for the fact that I’m able to keep multiple things like homework, studying, work, and PreDental organization balanced. I’m also proud that I’m just not surviving college but I am actually did well in my classes. There are a couple of things that I need to work on for next year. The first one is to fight procrastination. The second is to be more organized. Lastly, just make more friends. Well, that’s pretty much it.
- What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
- What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
- What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
My purpose in life is a concept that I’ve never thought about well other than the religious aspect of it. Thinking about it now makes me realize that I don’t actually have one yet. I think this is due to being in the same environment for almost all of my life as well as having no real mentor (career wise) in my life. There’s my father who is the person that I try to mimic most of my personality traits. Things like being honest, caring, trustworthy, hardworking and an all around great guy. However, life never gave him the opportunity to think about his passions so he just works for family. I think I’ll be able to find it if I go out and experience things out of my comfort zone or things that are just different.
I have used many excuses throughout my life from the real to the ridiculous. Usually, I blame it on my laziness or do the mistake of comparing myself to others (because everyone is different). I combat these excuses by just picturing myself at the end goal whatever it might be and see the reactions of my friends and family. It gives me a very big morale boost. At the end of the TED talk, I believe Larry finishes it with “unless” to get the audience thinking of what they can do in order to have a great career. People learn more when they come up with the solution themselves rather than getting the answer hand fed. My question for you all is how has your role model who ever it might be, helped your path to finding a purpose?