From Subpar to Extraordinary: Part 1

A college kid's kryptonite

A college kid’s kryptonite

Imagine with me for a moment… You go to a college with free tuition; each class is only offered once while you’re enrolled. You have one shot. These classes have at least three hundred students each which this makes it difficult to actually learn the material. If you fail just one class, you get expelled.

What would you say if I told you that this is the case in most countries? If we ran our universities in this way, I have a feeling that not many Americans would have degrees.

Here at Tech, it’s easy to get scholarships. But in the midst of those scholarships, students still lack motivation and interest. It’s common to calculate just how little you have to do to get by, and to stick to that. Students opt out of doing homework because they can pass without it. We are lazy, plain and simple. This is because the majority of us never learned good work ethics.

So what is work ethic? Dictionary.com defines it as “a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.” The most effective work ethics for my life are responsibility, self-motivation, passion, and humility. Without passion, I won’t have the motivation to try. Likewise, a good dose of humility really puts me back into reality. The moment I think I’m the best, I realize just how much I have to learn. I’ve noticed that working hard not only benefits your future, but it also benefits yourself. It gives you confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and personal satisfaction.

We are the next doctors, entrepreneurs, and world changers. How would you like a doctor that barely passed his classes to operate on you? It’s safe to say that there’s no such thing as perfection, but we can always strive for it.

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About chall29

Photographer from Northwest Arkansas pursuing degrees in Print Journalism and Speech Communication at Arkansas Tech University.
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