Same in Success, Same in Failure

>> Monday, March 15, 2010

Perhaps it is by chance that I attend one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the country. (Or at least I like to think so.) We literally have people from every corner of the globe attending this tiny little university. Out of any other possible location they chose this one. Our ability to absorb information and to learn is unique from one to another. We are separate in every way possible right down to the color of our eyes or the way we eat.

More importantly, we all know what it feels like to do well in the classroom. There’s a sense of accomplish and success in every student. If you work your butt off and do your work, it should show. Everyone knows that feeling of pushing their brain to the extreme. We work into the late hours of the night ready to throw the towel in at any minute. But for some reason that escapes me, we press on. We fight the good fight, dance the night away, and party like it’s our birthday when we see that grade. We earned it.

Consequently, failure is just as common. Everyone knows failure no matter how full of it they might be. Failure, more than anything, teaches honesty and perseverance. Honesty in that maybe you belong in a different field of study. Telling yourself what you should really be doing in life. Perseverance in that the first piece of work you do is not the last. The starting gate is rough for some, but the final turn might is where they let the throttle loose and drop the hammer.

Never the less, these are only a few parts that bond students together. We are students that all strive to find meaning and perhaps a higher purpose. More importantly, we’re all investing into the hopes of a better future. That person sitting next to you is not so different after all.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. –Oscar Wilde

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