On the up and up, most people say it’s in college where you start finding who you are. It’s hard. It’s intense. It’s completely new to you as well. Some students move away from home and everything has just changed. The next thing you know is that you don’t have curfews anymore, you don’t have someone stopping you from eating ice-cream for dinner, and you’re totally on your own. You’re the one in charge of making sure you survive. That’s a lot of pressure.
Classes are harder than it was back in high school. Some lecturers demand a lot from you because they have faith in you. Also, you aren’t exactly required by law to attend class anymore, you make your own choices. Believe me, it’s tough being able to motivate yourself to get up and make it to your 8 a.m. class. There will be assignments, a lot of reading, and a lot of papers… and if you’re unfortunate, you’d have free-riders in your assignment group. So pick your assignment mates carefully.
It’s a huge transition. People tend to focus on telling you that college is fun and you make lots of memories, and that it’s basically the epitome of young adult life. I think they forgot to mention that it’s going to tough, really tough. You’re going to have to give in more effort than you did back then. You’re going to study long hours to ace your finals. You’re going to stay up crazy late to finish your paper that’s due in the afternoon (because one more episode of “Criminal Minds” accidentally turned to six more episodes of “Criminal Minds”), and you’re going to have a couple of mental breakdowns.
So yeah, college is kind of tough. And if this long and challenging semester has taught me anything, it’s taught me that… despite how tough college is, it really isn’t all that bad. It can be really awesome to if you can make the best out of it. Why is that? Because although I probably need someone to tell me not to have that 3rd slice of pizza, it’s freeing to be able to make that choice for myself. Because studying, burning the midnight oil, and taking challenging classes taught me valuable lessons in perseverance and time management. Because at the end when finals are over, I have officially survived and made it through, I’ll have something to be proud of.
Some might beg to differ and say that college sucks. Maybe college isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. But for those of us here facing the struggle: just because you admit that college is hard, doesn’t mean that you admit defeat. In fact, let that motivate you more. You’ve made it through an entire semester, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself. College is tough, but don’t forget that you are as well. And remember, tough times don’t last, tough people do.