Breathe in, breath out. It will all be okay. Take your time. It’s important that every student knows that things will pass, that even though you had a bad grade on your chemistry test, or received a zero on a homework because you were sick the night before, you can make it up. Bad things happen all the time, you just have to learn to cope with them and learn that through both good times and bad there will be a solution.
I am sure that many of you, including me, who are applying to college, are experiencing a mixture of feelings. It’s a stressful, nostalgic and scary phase, when you are constantly wondering about what’s coming after graduation. You’re all concerned about the big decisions you have to make: what you want to study and where you want to study. For people like me, leaving our native country is also a big decision to make.
As I grew up, I would always listen to my parents discussing how there are times in our lives where we believe the decisions we’re taking will dictate the rest of our lives. But that even when the decisions are crucial you would look back in time and realize they were not as fundamental for the rest of your life as you once thought.
The truth is, I wouldn’t listen to them whenever they said this to me. After my cousins started having the same feelings I understood that even if something’s hard you have to appreciate it, you should always appreciate what you have and confront every decision and moment with what you have now.
Life is divided in phases, that is something you should always have in mind. Life is a series of cycles with beginnings and ends. As these never ending cycles begin and end, you evolve as a person too.
As doors close, doors will also open, and you will be exposed to new experiences. Right now, at this very moment, a new part of your lives is starting, as a big part of your lives is leaving you. After graduation you’ll leave behind: the friends you made in school, the memories you shared together, the places you grew up in, the place you gained all the knowledge you now have. Still, you should open the doors towards a new part of your life that can be even greater. You have to view this new phase, this new cycle, as something you’re thankful for, you should confront it with optimism and the wish to challenge yourself.
Even if you’re scared about what the future may hold you should know that you’ll have many paths to choose from in life and it doesn’t matter if you’re experiencing something good or bad, in the end your mission should always be to be remembered as the great person you never stopped being.