Knuckling down... a story from a friend

 I have a friend who posted about having a grade that she thought was too low, so she was going to knuckle down and start studying harder.
This meant cutting down on her social life, though. She told her friends about her decision, and plans to stick to it. That takes real courage! To me, it would sure be tempting to go ahead and rationalize about the effort she might need.

It would be easy to say, "Oh well... I can go out tonight and nothing will happen to my grade." Or "Well, it's not going to change anything to take a few days off and go somewhere with my friends..."

I have to admit... I have used these kinds of excuses to do things I want to do at the time. Of course, the real payment usually came later, when  I had to stay up late, or even miss class from sleeping in.

As a nontraditional student, I found it easier to stick with my assignments and studying. But a lot of people don't have the option of having a lot of study time to begin with.

So today I salute that student for doing what she had to do, and thinking about the rewards she would get later for studying harder and bringing up her grade.

Great job!

And kudos for all you nontraditional students out there who are trying their best, and giving up family time, friendship time, vacation time, and sleep time in order to do that.


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1 comment:

  1. This is definitely hard to do and it took me 2 years of full-time college before I realized that I had to make some adjustments. Some people don't understand why I can't even call them for a few minutes to talk. Family gets upset when I have to skip family gatherings. Those who have gone to college usually can say they remember "those days" and that makes me feel better. But just this morning, I worried that I have been neglecting friends so much that by the time I graduate, I will have no friends left! Silly, I know but as my blog "suggests" by its title, I can be a bit neurotic! Kudos to all of you students who are prioritizing! I understand just how hard that is to do at times!


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