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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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 quarter.
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 everything.
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. This isn't to say that grade don't 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 you.
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 resources, (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 make 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 reflection time.
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.