Student Perspective

The Sheer Power of Passion.

by Benjamin Skye | December 14, 2010 | Student Perspective 0 Comments

Graduating is definitely an exciting milestone in any individual's life - yet the journey towards a university diploma is filled inevitably with countless obstacles.

Graduating is definitely an exciting milestone in any individual's life - yet the journey towards a university diploma is filled inevitably with countless obstacles.

Greater than the effects of caffeine found in the coffee and energy drinks consumed by most college students during final exams, the power of passion is what truly drives a student towards the moment where he or she walks across that stage during graduation.

Being a senior now and having been in university for three and a half years, I have to say that I have had my fair share of all-nighters, accompanied by countless gallons of coffee consumed to keep myself awake to either finish a project or study for an exam.

As evaluate the course of my journey in university I realize that as much as I enjoy being in school, there are still times when quitting seemed like the far easier option. Sometimes the workload does get unbearable – either due to the unfortunate way my class schedules work out, or worst, due to my own procrastination. Nonetheless, trying to get homework done well can be a quite the challenge when there is so much on your plate at once.

Some university students will tell you that "coffee is the college student's best friend". I beg to differ. Coffee can keep you going for a couple of hours, but passion will drive you on for years.

Some university students will tell you that "coffee is the college student's best friend". I beg to differ. Coffee can keep you going for a couple of hours, but passion will drive you on for years.

Take for example, this past semester, where I had to write a twelve page paper for a senior level (fourth and final year) Bible Class. The professor wanted us to consult at least twenty sources (books, research articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) before forming our thesis (main idea of the paper) and using the material we studied to support our thesis. I pretty much had to go to the library and pull out book after book on the subject I was writing about and then check the books out because I couldn’t finish reading them there. I remember having to carry so many books home I needed a fellow student to help carry them to my car (Eventually, I ended up using a huge box to put all fifteen of those books in). Mind you, those books aren’t just tiny little five-page children story books – each book typically averages between two-hundred to three hundred pages long, with some going up to the thousands.

For the next few days, I had to go through each and every single one of those books to find relevant information pertaining to my subject. I also needed to look online for well-written journal articles that had to deal with my topic. If only you could have seen my living room during that week of writing this paper. I had my living room floor covered with books that were opened and marked with sheets of paper as make-shift book marks. Sitting there in the middle of those books, you couldn’t help but laugh at the humor behind whoever that came up with the metaphor, “an ocean of knowledge”. Sometimes, I felt like I was sinking.

For the entire week that I was writing my paper, my living room floor looked something like this picture. It is an understatement to say that studying can get overwhelming sometimes.

For the entire week that I was writing my paper, my living room floor looked something like this picture. It is an understatement to say that studying can get overwhelming sometimes.

In the end, it took me over seventy-two hours to finish writing that paper. I was naturally very proud of my work, yet at the same time weary from the three consecutive nights that I had stayed up to read and write. Needless to say, what I am trying to get at here is that when all else fails, passion is what drives you on. The reason I finished that paper and finished it well was because deep down, I knew that I cared about the material. I was greatly interested in what I was studying, and it made everything much easier.

My advice then to anyone who is considering or starting college is that you need to find courses that you care about studying. Be passionate about what you choose to study – something that is only possible if you first choose to study something that you are passionate about. From my experience, there will be times in a university student’s life when he or she feels like they are running on an empty tank – the stress of school and living away from your family can cause emotional and psychological unrest. There will be times when you just feel like you don’t care at all about what you are doing in school any more.

It is during these very dark times that the shining light of passion will bring you through. Remember, when you are passionate enough about something, you cannot help but give it your best. So take some time this Christmas season while you are on holiday to seriously consider what things in life interests you. Indeed, these interests may change over time as you grow and mature, but always hold on to the principle that the power of passion cannot be underestimated. Don’t just go to university because everyone else is doing it – be passionate about it, and you will find that passion is about as good a reward as your diploma at the end of the university journey.

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”– George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,vGerman Philosopher and Inventor (1770-1831)

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