Throughout my life as a student, I've always been extremely dedicated and hard working. I've held high expectations for myself for as long as I can remember, pushing myself to study harder and get the best grades possible. And up until high school, that really worked for me. Freshman year started and adjusting to high school academics was going fine, but sophomore year really took a toll on me. Test taking is not my forte, so when it started counting more and more for my final grade, I was getting really frustrated because my gpa wasn't reflecting the amount of effort I was putting in. I felt like I could never get the grades I wanted because exams and tests were always challenging, no matter how hard I studied. You could say I kind of hit a wall and had given up, since it seemed like nothing would ever change.
Then, junior year came. I started looking at colleges and narrowed down my search a bit, and realized that for the two main schools I loved in particular, I would need a certain gpa and ACT score to get in (for the direct admit to the business schools that is). Having that vision in mind, I said to myself: "Caroline, if you want to be accepted to these schools, something is going to have to change". Seeing my future right before me was just the motivation I needed (not to mention I purchased a sweatshirt from my favorite school to motivate me while I study :). And what would you know, I worked my little behind off this past semester and ended up getting the highest gpa I've ever had. This year, something just clicked for me. I realized that sometimes it doesn't matter how hard you study, you have to learn how to "play the game". You could say that my low point or what I considered a failure in my sophomore year led me to start over and work just as hard but a little differently, and what ultimately led me to my success.
I hope you enjoyed this little Monday motivation sort of post!
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