You need reminders to outdo yourselves!
Studying at the university and staying by yourself at the hostel can get to you and in the mid of the course can make you question whether the whole exercise of educating yourself to get a degree is worth the efforts at all!
I mean there are times when you are so frustrated with the loneliness and the level of competition and the mundane of the whole routine that you just want to stop doing everything and lag behind. You just want to opt out of the rat race because you feel that it probably is not the right cup of tea for you or that you are not cut out to be so excessively competitive and in case you are able to even survive this kind of hyper-competitiveness it makes you wonder what good will come out of it later!!
Been there done that!
Yea, I was in that kind of a phase. And something very insignificant changed my whole attitude towards college education per se and surviving the competition in the long run.
What was it?
It was a fad those days to wear silicone wristband in colorful tiaras and you name it and everyone wore one.
I picked up one form the university which had a simple message on it. It said ‘learn to save, save to learn.’ Now, if you look at it, it is a simple play of words but the impact that it left on me was something that I cannot even figure out today.
The customized bracelets that were sold at the university were basically fundraisers but the messages and motivational ones that they carried, carried so much weight that till today I believe that destiny brought that wristband to me. It showed me the importance of being able to persevere. Sometime during the final year of college when I had to start repaying my student loan, this particular wristband kept me going till I had the needful.
I still have it!
Every time I look at it, it not only transports me back in time but also helps me muster the great courage to face my future!