After months of nonstop assignments and exams, I soon, will finally be able to exhale. I am close to completing my first set of studies in Media Communication and Journalism and I constantly visualize my day of (temporary) freedom, where I will be freed from all academic obligations.
I am in my final semester and I am thoroughly exhausted and, look forward to vacation. I still have a few more weeks to go, but time flies like a maniac these days, (although when one has endless work it seems like the opposite).
On many occasions, I felt like calling it a day. Now mind you, I had no intentions of doing that. I worked too hard and furthermore, being qualified is crucial.
Currently, I am sleep deprived and I desperately wish I could sink face down in my bed; windows wide open, with low music in the background, and sleep for hours. But enough of that.
What I am trying to tell you is that, the road to success can be very discouraging at times. You have heard that on many occasions, but when you are actually working towards your goal, it is even more so. It requires endless sacrifice, and it can constantly leave you feeling dispirited and in tears.
There are many times I wanted to yell at my lecturers for giving us so many assignments. I still want to yell at the top of my lungs, that this is ‘unfair’.
Many of you have completed your CSEC examinations and will be walking out that door soon, taking on another challenge. Some of you will enter the dreaded and much loved world of work, and others will pursue a higher education.
It will all be very difficult but, most importantly, despite the seemingly never ending challenges, it is a great experience. You will meet new faces, some, whom you will develop unbreakable bonds with. You will laugh, you will cry and you will cling on to that experience.
A few years from now, you may have an entirely different life: you may barely see the faces that you have or will come to know. But you most likely never forget that experience.
Make the best of it, have the time of your life, and work hard. When you finally get to your desired point, you will realize that you wouldn’t change a thing. Not even the mountain heap of assignments: they allow you to be more appreciative of what you have earned, and they open your eyes and will allow you to grow.
As you (soon), enter a new world, take one step forward, pause. Take it all in: the new atmosphere, the faces you recognize and the faces you don’t; the glory of the day. Breathe in, exhale and realize how far you have come, or will come, and whisper or exclaim, ever so appreciatively, ‘Thank God.’