Think D.O.M.

Three ways to help get through these days

By Dominic Rodriguez
On September 20, 2019

Dominic Rodriguez, graphic designer

There is no denying that college can be a lot to handle at times and can put you out of your element. However, it’s up to you to push through these tough times that seem endless. I’m here to tell you exactly how you can have a better outlook on things, which in turn will inspire a calmer state of mind.

DETERMINATION is the first step in overcoming your college adversity. When you’re given assignment after assignment and dealing with impending due dates, it can feel a bit overwhelming. But there is no reason for you to just shut down or take your foot off the pedal. You have to be determined to succeed. Something needs to get that motor running.

You’re here for a reason, right? To graduate? To make your parents happy? To make a better living for yourself? To gather as much knowledge as you can? Everyone has a different aim, but we all have the same target: walking that stage. It’s up to you to tell yourself that you can do it, don’t give any less than what you’re capable. No two people think or learn the same, so find what makes things easier for you and do it. You have a stronger will than you think. Own it.

OPTIMISM is a huge part of how easy or hard things can be. If you genuinely believe in yourself and that you do in fact have what it takes to be successful, then you will be. When you have doubts about anything, it is your doing and you’re already putting yourself at a disadvantage. Why not have the utmost faith in yourself?

No one is getting up at 8 a.m. for you, listening to your lectures for you, walking up and down the mall every day for you and there’s especially no one thinking for you. These are all things you do for yourself, so why sell yourself short on any of them? Believe the work you’re putting in will pay off because, believe me, it will. Just saying something as simple as “I can do this” can change the outcome. You passing an exam isn’t the craziest thing that’ll happen in this world.

Last, but not least, MOTIVATION. How do you plan on getting anything done if you aren’t motivated? You need some sort of drive. Something to get you out of bed in the morning. Don’t let the fact that you can only miss three classes before you’re deducted a letter grade be the reason you go. You’re better than that.

Let the fact that you have the opportunity to gather more information about the field of study you’re genuinely interested in be your motivation. Let the fact that you or your parents are coughing up god knows how much money to attend these classes be your motivation. Let you be your own motivation. Have the want and the will to be the best you you can be. No one is, or will ever be, a perfect person, but you are the most perfect version of you there will ever be.

Live up to your potential, don’t ever sell yourself short and know your worth. You’re worth so much more than you think.

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