Note to Self: Being Smart Hurts
This letter is dedicated to those young adults who are about to embark on their college journey and those, like me, who have learned a great lesson.
Courses Expire. Some you must retake if older then 3-5 years.
GPA NEVER Expires. Even if those old classes don't count.
Loans/Debt DO NOT Expire. And you have to pay (no pun intended) for more recent classes.
In my personal experience, the more I pushed myself to prove my intelligence to others the more it ended up hurting me. Anytime in my life when I have done something because of what I believed other's thought of me, I got hurt. From the bottom of my heart and the endless reaches of my soul I give you these pieces of wisdom:
The good news, it can be done. Don't ever give up! There is a way, you just have to find it.
My BS in Chemistry Biochemistry was/is a 2.65. I may have gotten what I wanted when I was 17, which was to "OOH and AAH" people when they ask me what my degree is and where I earned it. Especially as a hispanic female, it was a triumph above so many others.
Being smart hurts, or does it? It hurts when graduate schools looked at my gpa and assumed I was too busy partying to make education matter, when in fact it was the other way around. I never developed close friendships in college, wasn't very social because I was too busy trying to keep up in Chemistry and working in the lab. It hurts when I think of how stubborn and foolish I was to continue fighting through something. But then, I did enjoy the challenge.
I was not smart when I chose my major. Proving a point to others is not smart. However, I have learned the depths of my personal drive. If the 17 year old me could begin something that the 20 yr old me finished, imagine what I can do now as a more mature, wiser, and smarter woman.
Follow your dreams and passions. Give up when you must on tasks that no longer suit you. Never give up on yourself.
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Got the world figured out?
I did, until it came crashing down. I had no choice but to start over and rebuild.