To the stressed-out college student,
It is during meager study breaks that you give yourself a pep talk,
A “just keep going” kind of pep talk,
A “hey, I know you haven’t slept well, but you got this” kind of pep talk.
It is during every minute of free time that you snatch the opportunity to study,
Before work, after work, before bedtime.
It is during the classes leading up to the exam that you gaze at the professor,
Counting the hours before you can sleep.
When every study hour has passed, and you wake up on exam day,
I challenge you to carry an infectious optimism from your bedroom to the very campus of your university,
Because you were willing to sit on the edge of your limits for long enough to make it to this moment,
Before you open the exam packet, imagine.
Imagine a positive reaction to the test results,
Imagine yourself celebrating the week’s accomplishments with friends.
I’ve learned that we are more terrified of the possibility of achieving our greatest ambitions than failing.
Could we be as capable as we envision ourselves to be?
As I approach the conclusion of the midterms week,
I would like to honor the bags underneath my eyes,
The tireless pep talks,
The study sessions and “just a little bit more” moments.
I have not only epitomized the stereotypical image of the weary college student
but also achieved my midterm goals while being just that.
Let me wear my sweat pants as a symbol of relentless effort.
We achieve academic success only if we’re willing to crawl to the edge of our limits,
And gaze at the gray possibilities.