Congratulations for making through
your first quarter at Seattle University!
Now that you’re through the first one, we still have two to go. Today I’m here to try and give some helpful
tips to help maintain some of the momentum that you gained academically this
Rule #1: Not getting a 4.0 isn’t
backbreaking. If you only take one thing
away from this, choose this: Grades are important, but they’re not
Ask any admission counselor or
professor, and they’ll tell you that you’re here for a reason. If you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t be
here. The first critical piece to
recognize is that the ability is there, it has always been there, and it will
continue to be there. If you didn’t get
a 4.0 your first quarter, that doesn’t mean that you’re not smart or that
you’re not going to get hired down the road.
Your academics do matter, I’m not saying that you should tank the
grades, but just realize that a B here, or even a C+ there isn’t going to kill
What I’ll offer you is this; you
should always be trying to do your best.
A’s are hard to come by in college; it’s OK if you don’t have a
4.0. What you should absolutely be doing
is utilizing your resource, (you have a lot here), while striving to learn as much as you can.
All right, I just read over that
last paragraph and realized that it was pretty cheesy, but the point is still
stands, so it’s going to stay right where it is. Here’s a piece of actual advice: take some
time to reflect on the things that went well, and not so well and write them
down. Be honest with yourself now, even
if you got a 4.0, met the love of your life, made a million dollars, or what
say you, there’s always things that can be improved.
We tend to stigmatize failure, but
should we really be doing that? When I
think about all the ways that I’ve grown in the last few years, I’ve found that
more often than not, it’s through failing.
In fact, I’ve royally screw something up and end up having
epiphanies. I cherish the times that I
fail because I remember them and try to improve myself so that don’t happen
again. This is something that has helped
me understand that I’m always growing, adapting, and that I’m nowhere near a
finished product. I highly encourage you
all to try something similar.
Golden nugget #2: Don’t forget to
take care of yourself. When you’re done
reflecting on your successes and failures.
Take some time to think about what balances you out. What are the little things that just make
your heart skip a little beat, and makes you grin? Make sure you have time in your days to
pursue those activities and moments. I
know that things get stressful, I’ll be the first to admit that I easily get
wrapped up by everything and forget that I’m a real person and I’m not just a
robot that goes to class, meetings, and never stops working.
Self-care is an area of improvement
for me for sure, (see I’m even trying to follow my advice). It’s a process, but even if it means that you
have to take a step back from all your activities just to take a breath, that’s
a step forward. All that we can really
do is to take those little baby steps.
Change and progress are rarely monumental moments, it’s much more likely
to be incremental and almost unidentifiable.
We figure out that change has occurred through that ever-important
Quick recap: Grades are important,
but they’re not everything, Reflect on the things that have gone well and
things that could have been done differently, and finally take care of
yourself. It’s a long school year,
things will change along the way. Always
remember that there will always be someone right there with you, and in the
words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming.”
Have a wonderful holiday season every.