Hey Smart Students!
I just wanted to drop a couple quick notes and wish you all a super happy holidays and a very merry Christmas.
I was just about to leave for Christmas Eve dinner when I got an email that I felt the need to respond to. I started to write it as an email but I realized that this message can probably help all of us in some way or another. (I forget it myself all the time.)
I’m going to publish it here and leave it up to you whether or not it’s worth sharing.
The message that prompted this came from a hard working student that had a couple rough semesters in the past. These days his grades still haven’t fully recovered but they’re back on track. Here is the message I wanted to share with him:
Do you know that feeling you got when you were young and couldn’t wait for Christmas?
Yea… Sure… We all know those holiday, family, and religious things but I’m talking about the more fun one when you’re younger.
I’m talking about the gifts! 😛
Those were the Christmas moments I want you to think of.
Do you know that anticipation you felt a week before Christmas? (At least if you’re lucky.)
You know something awesome is going to be coming but now you have no choice but to wait… and wait… and wait…
Okay… maybe you didn’t just wait.
I know I used to BEG my parents for early gifts. “Can I just open ONE gift?”
And I’d almost always get a definite no. (Or something about Santa only coming on Christmas…)
Does any of this sound familiar?
Think about that feeling.
That is the same situation you are in with your grades.
Christmas is coming.
You know in a few months your grades will improve. You know in a few years they’ll be even better.
You’re now playing the waiting game.
Sure… you’ve got to keep up your good habits or you’ll end up with a lump of coal but you’re on the right path.
You can beg and plead with your study strategies. You can try to perfect every second of your schedule. You can adjust your day to be even more efficient. It may work but you can’t make a dramatic improvement without giving it time. Christmas can’t come earlier.
Here is the thing…
You don’t need to torture yourself to make Christmas come sooner. It is on its way.
Know that when the results show up, they’re going to be every bit as amazing as you’re imagining.
Enjoy the anticipation.
Most of your life is going to be this kind of anticipation. Revel in it.
If you’ve done the work to get yourself on the right path, patience is your next most important step. You can’t plant a seed and expect it to be full grown the next day. Life doesn’t work like that.
You’ve got this under control. Santa is coming with a bag full of presents for you.
Let me tell you (an inappropriate) true story…
It was high school Spanish class…
I was a Senior in a class of Sophomores. There was one other Senior in the class. Best of all –
She was smokin’ (as the old folk say.) She was gorgeous. 10 out of 10. Tight jeans. And she always sat right in front of me in class (gulp.)
We were the only Seniors in the class. By default… that made me the coolest guy there… And trust me… I’m never the coolest guy there.
But we’d talk. Sometimes in class she’d lean over. I’d continue to pretend me importa la espanol stuff pero… Seriousamente… 😛
Sure… I’d show up to class. But my brain rarely stuck around for the lecture. And that’s why you might not be surprised I was getting a C- in class.
It’s funny how that stuff that distracted me in highschool wasn’t so problematic in college where I took a double course load and still scored near the top of my class…
You don’t need to be perfect to score near perfect.
You just need to know how…
Olivia wants to tell you her story of taking her grades to the top.
She skyrocketed her grades while staying stress-free.
You can read her story here