And the struggle of doing better just as we think we are doing well.

Have you ever heard the phrase “don’t rest on your laurels”?

For those who haven’t, it means one shouldn’t rely on past accomplishments as a crutch—with laurels representing victory in ancient Greeks. Over time, just like the laurels dying out of breezing away in the wind, previous achievements are eventually forgotten, to the point one would use it as a bar story when the they become old enough. And they are back at square one.

In this dog-eats-dog world of college, in which I’ve spotted students studying beyond midnight to get a high grade, pushing their way through applications for jobs and study abroad programs and internships, to think one has it all is almost anathema to the ambitious work that is college. And eventually slides to an intoxicating disease called complacency.

Complacency works a little like this: once you’ve gotten yourself into a rhythm, then you stay there. Stay there and work on auto-pilot, with no future goals because all the goals you set out for yourself have been achieved.


Personally, I’m struggling with it since high school. Since I attended an independent private school where everyone went to college and were considered extremely smart to get into it. I did well enough to get to multiple colleges and get considered as one of the top ten percent of Washington State’s graduating class. And so I approached college with success as a given, even though four years at a private high school affirmed that it was not.

My first quarter was a success academically; throughout the rest of the year, while I enjoyed myself, I didn’t think it would be that much harder, so I took my foot off the gas pedal. I also did that during my summer quarter classes, and that didn’t work to my advantage.

Going into this new school year, I feel like I haven’t fully gotten over what it means to work hard and put into everything. Being told that I am intelligent and have the capacity to do great things, along with a bunch of projects, I didn’t think I need to do more than a minimum effort.

But what I’m trying to say, at the end of the day, to fight it, you and I need to create higher goals. Think about the long-term, and work through urges of just resting.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.


After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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