The Arka Tech

Don’t let mistakes break you

BY CONSTANCE SMITH

With the semester already beginning to roll by fast, stop and ask yourself if you are on the right track or if you are already beginning to lose yourself.

Beside having the stress of being a college student striving to get that degree, what other distractions continue to cross your path, and how do you deal with the stress of being a college student?

Some may see being a college student as being a walk in the park because it’s not working a job, but some people fail to realize that going to college can be even more stressful than working job. You have to decide what you want to do with your life as soon as possible, or you will be wasting money and time.

Beside the classwork load, you have to worry about how you’re going to pay your bills and the everyday struggles of young adult life.

Not to mention, you have a life outside the classroom. We all have choices to make, and sometimes we make choices that mainspring our circumstances. That is where sex, alcohol, drugs and drama come into play. Some people turn to these things to take their minds off of their problems because they feel it’s their only escape from reality. In reality these things create more problems in our lives, and these temporary fixes eventually leave you feeling empty.

Now where are you left? With an unwanted addiction or pregnancy? Have totally just lost control of who you are? Do you know when enough is enough?

Too much of anything can be a bad thing, but my point is are these things keeping you from reaching your goals and dreams. Are they keeping you off track or bringing you closer to rock bottom? Is partying and being involved in every bit of drama helping you reach your greatest level of success?

Your life is yours, and what you do with it is up to you. Don’t let these small distractions get you so far off your journey you forget the reason you’re a college student. Believe in yourself, motivate yourself to do better and don’t lose sight of what you could be.

I’m here to tell you that hitting rock bottom isn’t a choice — you have to keep pushing yourself to want better and remember what you are grinding for. It is fine to make mistakes, but don’t let your mistakes make you, and don’t let them break you. Keep going.