A window inside life at Augustana College

One In A Million Chances

There are many challenges that get thrown at us every day, but what is it that keeps us tackling those challenges? There are people who roll through challenges like it’s nothing, and then there are people like me, who have to climb mountains and dig tunnels just to find an answer. Does that mean I don’t have a chance? No! You cannot be defined by someone else’s knowledge or opinions. Only you can define you.

I have always felt the need to compare myself to others. Why do I do this? I couldn’t give you an answer. First off, I’ll ask you this: do you often compare your success to that of others? Do you get that constant feeling of failure because you can’t grasp a topic or perform a skill? These questions aren’t meant to throw you under the bus, but what I am trying to get at is that nobody is going to thrive the same way.

Since completing my first trimester of college, I have felt the urge to put my best self forward and stand out in our community and engage myself in my future success. Another principle that has hassled me is knowing that I have a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY towards my goals.

This past month, I retook an ACT due to a requirement for a major in Education. Throughout my learning career, I have taken this miserable test four times. Why would I take a test four times? Shouldn’t I just give up and find another career path? I could find another major, but that would be silly of me because in reality, I don’t have a back up career to lay on. I am one of those people who tend to strive towards something even if it takes me a thousand years. I know that sounds stubborn and selfish of me, but it’s for good reasons.

I was always told to never look back and to keep looking forward. I feel that loving what you do is far more important than money or ease. If I was all about money or if I wanted an easy job, do you really think I would want to go into the field of teaching? NO!

Back to my ACT. Each time that I took that test, yes, I was disappointed, but it inspired me to try harder next time. I currently am about to face the ACT for the fifth time, but with help and support, I know I can knock that test into history. I will say that even though this phase of my life is annoying, my future self will look back on this and make a great story out of it. You can’t go through life having everything roll through like it’s nothing. You need a few piles of bricks to help strengthen you along the way.

Life isn’t easy, and if you aren’t prepared going in, then life will knock you out silly and you will have a “BLANK SPACE” in your life. “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going!!!”  You get one in a million chances to succeed at life, so make it count and turn your dream into a reality.

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