We’ve all heard cliche lines about how hard work eventually yields success. After hearing so much about it, those same cliche lines inevitably lose their luster.
While those repetitive cliche lines could certainly become cringe inducing, there is some truth in them.
Prior to starting college, I’m sure we all heard our high school teacher harp about how much more tedious and detailed the work will be. After all, we heard those same sentiments before starting high school, middle school, and so on.
Like many of you, I was able to get away with not working as hard as I should’ve in high school. Despite not studying nearly as much as I do now, I still got good grades. I mean, if I didn’t need to put in extra study time after school, why would I?
That obviously changed in college.
For the first time in what seemed like ever, I actually had to work extra hard to get the grades I wanted. I had to become accustomed to studying, taking notes and knowing how to apply what I learned in class to the exams.
Among many other things, figuring out how to succeed at my own pace was probably the most difficult thing about transitioning to college.
With all that said, the results were well worth it.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”- Thomas Edison; via GoodReads
Getting the grade you’re looking for might not have much effect on you in the long-term, but the short-term feeling of success will undoubtedly help you want to continue having that accomplished feeling. For instance, taking the time to start a paper weeks before it’s due, knowing that you’re working harder than your peers, and finally getting the grade you desire might be the epitome of short-term success in college. It might not be a big deal days, maybe even hours, after you received that grade, but it will cause you to want to continue having that feeling of “I accomplished what I wanted to do. My hard work paid off.”
The rewards will eventually come, too. Besides getting that great feeling, you’ll increase your chances of becoming a member of academic groups, landing scholarships, and building an overall positive image about yourself at school.
There’s really no secret to getting good grades, scholarships, or graduating with honors. If you work hard, it’ll eventually pay off. The rewards will be well worth it.