At the beginning of the semester I was most afraid of my class load and how I would perform in my academic life. As I went on, everyone kept telling me I would do well, but frankly I did not perform to my expectations. I have always known people fail, and failure is a part of life. However, experiencing it this year made me actually feel failure. For the first time my grades did not reach as high as I wanted, and straight up college is hard for me. I know this is cliche, and I wish I didn’t have to say that. I feel vulnerable in saying it, but college is hard. I am not good at it. I was not able to tell myself that this year would be hard and the transition would be difficult, but it was and I didn’t get to tell myself. I wish I could have told myself that I was going to do hard, and I was going to face challenges, just to have been prepared. It is okay that didn’t happen because it allowed for more growth.
Thank you all for supporting me in this past wonderful year. It means more than you know.
This semester I have been exposed to many things I had never experienced prior to coming to college. The experiences are not negative; however, they are indeed different. The atmosphere around me completely transformed and so did the minds of the people that surrounded me. This was a positive change. I am surrounded by people with similar mindsets as me, and I am very thankful. I am proud to have been placed into this community because it has exposed me to many like-minded people and this is something I am not used too.
Something I want to improve on for this next semester is study habits. Even though this isn’t something that is introspective, this is a habit I think is needed for my life to increase my productivity. I enjoy the days, and studying well from the beginning of the semester is a goal I think is important for me to succeed from this point onwards.
In my letter to myself I talked about, trying to succeed in my classes, and transitioning to college has been difficult. I overestimated myself, but I truly believe this is how it works. Failure is not going to stop me, and this class has helped in cultivating a proper confidence in myself. It has instilled how failure is a part of this process, and it has taught me that struggling is okay.
- 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?
Sitting in lecture brought up some introspective moments. We looked inside ourselves to find the main reason we all enrolled into the University of Michigan. We tried to find the one reason that made us choose to come to such a challenging university. From wanting to be a part of a bigger community to simply wanting to be able to say Go Blue everywhere, we all have our different purposes. My purpose in life is to make the people who love me proud. I want to work hard and give all the people who have put their faith in me a reason to continue. Finding this reason was not easy, and it took a lot of time. I had to think through all the things that truly mattered to me, and start seeing what encompassed everything I cared about. The two key concepts that continue to drive me towards my purpose are motivation to put a smile on my family’s face, and persistence to keep that smile there. My goal is to work hard at everything I do, and hopefully that will lead me to my purpose.
- What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
The excuses I always use are “This doesn’t matter” or “I will do it later.” Instead of working hard at every little assignment or task I have in life, sometimes I slack off. I don’t always give my 100% if the topic isn’t interesting to me. In order to truly excel in the way, I want too, I know I have to rid those bad habits. The only bad part is, this is all easier said than done.
- What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
By ending the talk with the word “unless,” Larry hooked in all the listeners. It made us think “What can we do, so we don’t fail at life?” He wanted us to think about what the “unless” was for our lives. He wanted us to not forget about the talk after it ended and try and find a path that will lead us to a successful and happy life.