Subject/Person: to the millenial students who never fail to disappoint
Remember that time i asked you about why you took your course? Your answers were laughters and smiles, while some were question marks on their faces. That question, although I left it hanging on mid-air that time, was an essential part of your academic success.
Each time you fail to answer your recitation, or fail a quiz/exam you start losing your faith in yourself. In as much as some of your classmates could keep up with the pressures of each of the subjects, you stumble down, you repeat again a class. Your confidence drains to zero. You start to fool yourself to do better next time. To practice more computations at night… But still, you failed each and every time.
Sometimes I see students cry in front of their parents because they failed at the ONLY thing they are expected to deliver every after semester: a passing grade. Sometimes, I see parents cry too. Sometimes I listen to your “could-have-beens”: i could’ve been a fireman, a soldier, a policeman, a veterinarian, an astronaut…[So, why are you here to begin with?]But most of the time, i see you roll your eyes at me at lecture. I see your crumpled face and paper, a cocktail of emotions: disgust, dismay, fear and frustration. Did it ever occur to you that you brought all these to yourself? You chose this path, own it up! and your teachers are mere catalysts. You can complain all you want, but to where exactly would you like to be at? If that is the reality you’re complaining, would you want be in an ideal situation that will never be existent? will you ever find a coconut tree in a strawberry farm?
Reality slaps you in the face. You start proving a cliche, “College isn’t easy”. You start to panic every time i raise a question that i brand to be too basic and elementary. Then, in your mind, floats a question: “will i ever pass the board examination?”.
You didn’t expect all of these. yet, your legs are in too deep. I hope you will realize that the only way out is through. Go through those quizzes and come out a victor. Finish your exams with the least “x” marks. Get your priorities straight: happy hour with friends on a sat night or good grades? watching movies with your gf/bf or reviewing your notes? and more importantly do you review to pass your grades only, or to understand the topic as well. Don’t be the cheap student who graduates and fails in the end. Life is a trade-off. Remember that regret only comes in the end. and have you not regretted enough?
I want you to go back to the very reason why you came. Because in every failure, you should have something to root for, for you to rise again. Have that reason to hold on to, every time something pains you or drags you down. For if you have done these, despite of your grades, you have succeeded in life.