Just Do It

`As the year of 2016 comes to a close, I, as well as thousands of other college students, face the dreaded time of the year known as “dead week”. This semester I loaded up my plate with 19 hours while working for 14 hours. I know that it may seem ambitious of me to bite off so much, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that being academically inclined will pay off in the long run. Many people wonder why I take so many hours when I could just take 15 hours or even just 12 hours. My answer to them is that I wanted to take advantage of my school’s flat rate tuition as much as possible. At my university, I’m allowed to take up to 19 hours and still pay the same number of fees as if I were to only take 12 hours. Coming from a family where every penny matters, I wasn’t going to back down from this offer. This is my third straight semester of taking 18-19 hours, as well as my fifth straight semester of classes. I took 19 hours the Fall of my freshman year, a winter intersession course, 18 hours in the Spring semester, 9 hours in the Summer, and am currently in the Fall semester of my sophomore year taking 19 again. Throughout all of this, I was able to miraculously keep my cumulative GPA above a 3.3 up to now. I’m very proud of the work that I’ve done, but something still comes to mind every now and then.

`Whenever it comes time to see whether you will drop a class, I will always be surrounded with people that may or may not hold themselves accountable to their studies. I see people that choose to give up and say,” eh, I’ll never pass the class now, so why should I still go to class?”, or “it doesn’t matter. I’ll just take the class next semester or take it at the local community college. It’s way easier there.” Whenever I hear these things, it makes me extremely disappointed. College is like one of the closest things to the real world. High school was like a cake walk trying to prepare you for the years that are some of the most important years in your life. Sure, you can try to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates, but the matter of the fact is is that not everyone is lucky enough to be like that. Sure, I could drop out right now and risk it all banking on that I could be the next Steve Jobs, but I’m not going to do that. A college is a place where you’re tested to see how you can survive in the real world. When I see students give up in the middle of the semester, it’s like they’re giving up on themselves. They’re taking advantage of the fact that you can always try again in that class later, instead of facing it head on today. They’re giving up on themselves, and the future adult they could be. Meaning that when they get to the real world, there are no do-overs. Student’s take advantage of college. Because, why should I burn myself out, when I can still sit next to someone that barely even cares? I wish students tried harder for the careers they wanted. To know how painstakingly hard one must work to achieve that position is a learning experience in itself.

`To be a part of a generation that, frankly, is one of the laziest generations, makes me hesitant of what will happen when we are no longer in college. Outside of college, there aren’t any tutoring sessions to help you with your job. College gives you almost all the resources one needs to, as my generation calls it, “learn how to adult”. I know that people are learning what it takes to be an independent adult, but if they don’t start in college, when will they? My point, as a fellow student, is that I’m tired of seeing students give up. I don’t want to see them wait for the year to reset or have their parents come in and save the day. I want every student to invest in themselves and strive to achieve the satisfaction of knowing that they got that degree without giving up. I know that the world is a cruel place for people who don’t persevere through all that college has to throw at them. I don’t want it to happen to any of you.

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