Performance On Your Finals Does Not Reflect Your Ability To Be Successful

Performance On Your Finals Does Not Reflect Your Ability To Be Successful

This is the time of year students dread - final exams begin to consume our thoughts and energy, but don't put too much pressure on yourself. These grades do not determine your fate.

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Many associate the month of December with happiness and warm, holiday spirit. I do as well, but there is something else that comes along with this month that I dread - and I know other college students feel the same way. Can you guess what it is? That's right... final exams.

Students put a lot of pressure on themselves during this time of year, which is understandable because it usually takes up a decent portion of your grade. This is a scary idea, which causes a lot of panic for some people. Exams are not my strength in school, which can bring me down at times. I know other people are in the same boat, which makes finals even more dreadful for us.

On the bright side, we have our whole life and career ahead of us! Yeah, it sucks to get a bad grade, but you have to take a step back. Look at the situation from farther away. Will this determine my future? If I don't get an A in this class, will I not be good at my occupation? Usually not... it definitely feels that way though.

The more you let this exam discourage you, the more difficult things will be to manage. I still get very discouraged when I do poorly on an exam, there have been lots and lots of tears (thanks mom for answering my FaceTime calls mid-meltdown), and my self-esteem plummets. I know that this is not an uncommon concept, but there are other things to keep in mind.

Just because you are bad at one thing, even if it appears to be the biggest part of class, it doesn't mean you can't thrive in another area. As unfair and difficult some professors may be, they aren't dumb. They can tell whether or not a student is trying.

I am someone who has always had to put extra effort into my academics, and sometimes I have to do more work than others because not every topic or concept is super easy for me. I applaud those who can simply go to class, barely review material, and ace every exam, but I am not that person.

Although, after years of school and much trial and error, I understand that communication is HUGE. Teachers don't sympathize much with students who are doing poorly but do not try. No matter how much you are struggling, if you communicate with professors, go see them during office hours, and go to review sessions you still can thrive. In order to do so though you need to show your professors how much effort you are putting into class, and really dedicate your time.

So as this intense few weeks approach, try to calm yourself down. Go into your exams with a positive mindset, and remind yourself that this test won't determine your career. You're not going to be thinking about those exams once you are working at job in the future. Get through it, do your best, and move forward!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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