One of the biggest lessons I have learned while being away at college is to do things with a true intent. I realized that when I was doing something with wrong motivation I was less likely to succeed.
For example, I was taking ENG 355 and this class was a ton of work! Each week I was overwhelmed with more essays and reading assignments than I have ever experienced in my life. I was completely overwhelmed, but I loved the class. I started to enjoy the reading and essay assignments because it was something I cared about. One day my professor came into class and his usual positive and upbeat demeanor was filled with disappointment. He explained to us that throughout the weekend a ton of students emailed him complaining about the assignments and over ran him with excuses. One of the excuses was “I couldn’t turn in the essay because I didn’t have staples.” Let’s just say he was not happy. He then told us something I will never forget. He told us that he does not care about our letter grade. I was very confused at this point. He said “All I care about is that you are learning and growing.” He explained to the class that when you are only caught up in the grade then it takes away from true learning. But when you do your assignments because you are open to learning you will learn and grow to a higher capacity. After that I started looking at my classes in a different perspective. Instead of coming to class all stressed out and worried about my grade I would go because I was willing and ready to learn something. I realized that when I did something because I was willing and ready instead of because I felt obligated my grades actually improved. My ENG 355 class was extremely hard, but I learned more that semester about literature and life then I could have ever imagined. I started coming to class because I wanted to be enlightened and due to that my grade ended up being a 103%!! It’s ironic that when I stopped focusing on grades and more on learning my grades actually improved, and I started getting more out of my classes!
This experienced applied in more ways than just grades. I realized that when I go to church because I feel obligated I learn and feel absolutely nothing. When I go to church because I have a desire to strengthen my spiritual learning I feel more enlightened. This principle can apply to us in every part of our lives. When it’s boiled down to it when we do something because we feel motivated and enlightened we will rise to the occasion and have joy! When we do something because we are fearful or obligated we will miss out on what we could have learned from this beautiful journey!
It’s important to have the right motivation because in life we are going to be faced with trials, or a hard work load. I learned that we can use that fear against us and run or use it to our advantage and do something because we know it is the right choice and we want to rise to the occasion!! After all this is our special occasion!!