Dear Runner and Student,
Are you feeling defeated and about to give up now? I hope you look up and press on.
You see, I am in a similar situation as you. Some think this is a race to see who gets there first, so they turn to their left and right to see who might be outpacing them. But the head turning only distracts them and takes away precious energy from finishing the journey.
The trick to completing this long distance run is to cover a short distance at a time. It’s like the riddle I once heard, “How do you eat an elephant? ... Well, you bite off one small chunk at a time.” Maybe you’ve realised this terrain doesn’t suit you because what takes others a jiffy to cover, takes you double or triple the time. I want to encourage you that all is not lost. You’ve now experience gained on your side about what terrains to avoid the next time you make a decision about which route to take. At least you’d be wiser than some of your companions on this run who might still be taking the beaten track without ever questioning. In other words, the next time you find yourself excelling in a chosen area of study, it’s probably because others in your cohort haven’t had the wisdom you gained about pitfalls to avoid and about capitalising on your natural strengths.
Exams come and go. If it’s not a paper or written exam, then it’s a driving exam or maybe a ballet exam. Filter out all the noise and judgment. Stop those thoughts running in your head and start doing the achievable. Just focus on one part at a time to do. After all, who is doing the studying and learning? Who is the one holding the pen or steering the wheel or walking out on stage? Because it’s you and nobody else, don’t do it other people’s way or you might burn out before the finishing line. Do it your way at your pace and finish your run well.
See you at the finishing line. We’ll be a little breathless but still poised and holding our heads up, giving high fives to each other there – press on!
Your Fellow Runner and Student
Angeline is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (USA), and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Regent University, USA), a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (NTU, Singapore) and a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma in Education (NTU, NIE, Singapore). Angeline is a doctoral student at Regent University (USA) and is currently part of a team from the university instructing and supervising student counselors in Ukraine. More about Angeline
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