If I would not run ahead of time, I would be running out of time. Life is that simple. Getting back to home, the first thought is to eat, to put something in. Then afterwards, to sleep.
Upon waking up, to study! Or to take my dinner. With the reading of some few notes (actually this couldn’t be done at once since I still have to do surf-research and then have them printed), my eyes would feel heavy and a bit frustrated. But I should do some advance work so I should continue and not stop!
The real challenge is when there are exams. After reading for a few minutes without any real concentration, I could not memorise – really. After trying to focus for some ten minutes, then I would be able to put some important things on my head.
And how I love writing! It completely consumes most of my time – and I like it. Like it far better than memorising and studying in fact.
Major exams prove to be a real challenge for me. This is when I could make up for the weaknesses of my quizzes, except for Math.
That is unless we find it to be joyful. Imagine the everyday tasks that students are facing, specifically the college students who are not the typical ones. I mean those who truly aspire to get high grades and academic standing for a variety of reasons.
Listening and reading alone with optimal comprehension inside the classroom are truly exhausting, much more if accompanied with writing, solving, and analysis. Taking down notes from a stuttering or mispronouncing instructor is a challenge not only for the mind but also for the heart as you might easily lose patience. Having to research with only a very few reference materials in the library calls for a competitive and greedy spirit if not faced rightly. The long hours spent in making reviewers, memorizing, and then forgetting those information – the cycle of quizzes – could be quite tiring, especially for those who do not have proper study habits and correct usage of time. Not to mention financial and heart problems. The tears and the aches, as anyone may call it.
That is unless we find it to be joyful. Unless we do it with our hearts. If we find purpose and real meaning in everything that we do, then the burden is lifted up and we find renewed energy as we face each task, no matter how big they might be. If you are a visionary, you may know a fraction of what I am saying. But it is more than that. Religiosity aside, it cannot be denied the fact that everything will return in our attitude and thinking about our Creator. If we know our God, and have the right relationship with Him, then it is probable that we see and perceive things differently – that is, under God’s very own perspective. In that alone we find purpose. In that way alone true meaning emerges from our every action.
(Ps 16:11) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.