4 Reasons Not to Give Up

4 Reasons Not to Give Up

With Midterms approaching, or already here for many of us, the familiar feeling of wanting to give up arises. I'm here to tell you the struggle will all be worth it in the end!

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Lately, I have been feeling like given up. School work is piling up. The unsettling realization that I will very shortly be graduating, and hopefully going to medical school. And oh ya, I need to apply to medical school. It felt like everything would be easier, everything would go away, if I just gave up. However, while I was sitting at my desk contemplating dropping out of school and moving to Australia, I made a list of four reasons I should keep going.

1. It Gets You Nowhere

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Think about the last time you wanted to give up, but you didn't. Now look how far you come. Now think of a time you gave up, did it accomplish anything? By not giving up, and living through the struggle, you are pushing yourself towards bigger and greater things! Even though it may not feel that way right now, think about how you'll feel when you've done it!

2. Persistence

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Persistence is something that has to be learned. If you are someone who constantly finds themselves giving up, and then beating themselves up afterward - you have to learn self discipline. Set a timer. Sit down and tell yourself you are going to study till the timer goes off. Teach your body to keep going even when mentally you want to give up. Then reap the rewards after

3. Others are Rooting for You

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Everything you do in life should be because you want to, and not because others want you too! However, when you're in a mindset of wanting to fail, it can feel like nobody is by your side. Like your rising this all on your own. When you get to this point, think of all the people that helped you get where you are, and want you to succeed. They are standing right by you!

4. It Gets Easier

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Everyone starts somewhere, and for most they are better at what they do now than when they first started. Do not compare yourself to others. Instead, compare you to you. Compare your exams in the beginning to your exams now. Strive to better yourself, and do not worry about others. Soon you will begin to realize that things get easier! Somehow you study and pass the test. Then, the next test - studying seems so much easier. It's all about consistency!

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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

One day, you'll be thankful for us.
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.

“Why?"

"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.

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To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.

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" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.

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3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.

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4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.

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5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.

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7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.

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8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.

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9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.

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10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.

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11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.

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12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout

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13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.

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14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.

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