I never thought that the words that would some day escape my mouth would be, “I am very optimistic.” I was always a pessimist to the point of extreme. I would pull the most depressing and terrible things even out of the sunshine. The turn to being optimistic was not over night and certainly not a “one time and I’ve got it” kind of operation. It took years for me to start seeing the world in a different light and I still work on it to this day.
I am a huge advocate for teenagers, that are recent high school graduates, to not rush into college. I watch it daily in the halls, the library, and even the classes I attend. These incoming freshmen not caring about the money their parents are spending. Not caring about the material being presented to them. Frankly, not even caring if they look presentable to the outside world. These are the kids that struggle ever day with the idea of what they want to be when they grow up and rightfully so. I was one of those kids.
I didn’t jump into my academic career and get the A’s that I am receiving now. Not even in the slightest. I failed Math 100, basic algebra, four times before finally getting a B- (which to me is an A+++++). I had no idea what I wanted to be and I had no intention of sitting in a classroom to find out. All I wanted was to experience life. So for ten years that is what I did. I experienced the crap out of life and then life dished it back and I wasn’t too fond of that. So I started thinking about what I wanted to do. This is important, because at the age of 26, my parents were no longer going to help me pay for school and this was all on me. This is what I want to do, not them. Honestly it’s the best light bulb or flipped switch to ever happen. I found a motivation deep inside me that I couldn’t put out.
Why do I tell you this story, possibly for the millionth time? I want to spread that love of learning and motivation that I have on to fellow students and friend. I have something that I know can only encourage others in their adventures and quests in academia as well as their life outside of the classroom.
This month I’ve been living every day with this quote’s reminder: