Finals week: the time of year where you lose all sense of self, and turn into a mindless zombie fueled from coffee and anxiety. During this stressful week, it’s very easy to let your negative thoughts consume your mind and lose your confidence; which might make you even question why you are in college in the first place! It is hard to stay positive and focus on the bigger picture, but if you remind yourself that your grades do not define you, you are at the place where you need to be and don’t let other people’s perceptions of you cloud your vision of your potential self, everything else will fall into place.
As humans, it is very easy to live according to how we think people perceive us. That being said, the biggest critic of yourself is not the people around you, it is simply yourself. How you handle the pressures society thrusts upon you, can really hinder you in reaching your goals. At the end of the day, always remember that others are too wrapped up in their own lives to really even care about what you are doing with yours! If you focus on what you need to do to reach your goals, do not let others opinions get in your way, it will be easier in accepting the full capabilities of what you can reach with your intelligence and determination!
We are all here in college trying to get a degree, so why make it a competition when we can all try to lift each other up? Everyone has something to bring to the table, and if we grow and learn to accept everyone’s uniqueness, it will not only bring more confidence and compassion to your own self, but it will allow more people to gain the comfort of their own importance and intelligence as well. Acceptance of people’s uniqueness is much more satisfying than fearing the differences between us.
After having a conversation with one of my favorite professors, I got inspiration and fuel for taking on finals week and making this blog post. So I went to the library, made a cup of tea, and started to brainstorm. Yogi tea comes with little quotes on their tea bags, and the quote on this particular bag read, “Your potential self is infinite.” College is not only a time where we focus hard on our grades to earn a degree, but it is also the first time where we are on our own to find and understand who we want to be. It is bigger than just earning grades, it is a time to evaluate ourselves and decide what our impact is in the world. So this finals season, I challenge you to breathe, look at how far you have come, and remember that you are more than just your grades!