Every single year, it’s the same feeling of frustration and anxiety over final exams and important projects. This year we, well at least I have the added pressure that the grades I get will be the ones going to college. If I mess up now, it will scare my academic life forever. To top it off, I’ve to begin doing college applications and preparing for the ACT and the TOEFL exams.
My hours of sleep are limited, and my days are filled with non stop working and loads of homework that seems like it will never end. In the midst of all this commotion, I can’t help but feel if this is the best way to attack the end of the year. Is it really healthy for me to limit my hours of sleep? To stay home working and exterminating my usual after school activities?
As I sat down and wrote every single assignment in a blank piece of paper, I started contemplating the time I had left and the amount of work I had to get done. So I decided that I had two options, I could sit down and complain about how tired I was, start calculating how little sleep I will be getting or I could use those feelings as a motivation to get everything done.
Sometimes when we get frustrated instead of working, we dwell on how we hate what we have to do instead of actually doing it. In the end, I see it this way. If I decided to be lazy and complain that everything is just too much, I would end the year mediocrely, and all those sleepless hours and hard work could go down the drain. I would be driving myself into a cliff. Literally. So I realised that instead of thinking of the 101 reasons why I hate school right now, I found one that motivates me to move forward and give my best performance.
Two weeks of no sleep, of tiring hours of work, dedication and persistence in the end will pay off. I see it as a marathon, we have been training for the whole year. I don't only want to finish, I want to finish excellently.
So. Lets do this. Lets finish the year strong.