School is starting to come back in session and that can mean a lot of different feelings for people.
You might look forward to school starting and you also might dread it. Regardless of how you feel, here is my advice: Look at the big picture.
Oh man, I sound like my parents. But this is one of the things they were right about!
Why are you going to school?
For the friends? I hope you are making friends, but that isn't the big picture.
Because I have to? Well, that's a good reason, school is an obligation, but not quite!
For education? Well, that's not wrong.
To me, you are going to school for, yes, the education, but also so that one day, you can do what you love.
There is a fond memory I have that I think of every now and then. I was studying in my room and I was talking to my roommate about the work I was doing. Admittedly, I was complaining about my workload, but I ended my complaint with, “But I love my major.”
And my roommate, Taylor, said, “What’s your major again?”
I said, “Computer Engineering.”
She replied, “You switched from Chemical Engineering? You never seemed happy while you were in that major, but you seem happy now.”
She was completely right. I am happy. But let me tell you why I’m happy.
I am not happy because some nights I stay up until 2AM studying.
I am not happy because sometimes I have to skip going to the mall to prepare for an exam.
I am not happy because I have to take exams or quizzes every Friday.
I am not happy because I have a heavier workload than many of my friends.
I am happy because I am doing and studying to do what I love. Every day I am surrounded by programming languages and computer concepts and Boolean Algebra.
Is it hard? Oh yeah.
Does my brain hurt sometimes? Most definitely.
But do I love it? Oh yes.
Is it worth it? Undoubtedly.
Welcome back to school, my people. You may not feel great and it may not seem to be much of a celebration, but I promise you, this is a stepping stone, a mere ladder rung, to something even greater.
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