If you’re reading this, remember that there’s more to life than just school.
I am no stranger to hard work, but when I was deferred from the Comm school my second year, I went into overdrive. All I did was work and I constantly studied for exams. I knew exactly what I wanted and I truly believed that if I did my absolute best, I would get in.
Along the way, I became unhappy. I lost sight of everything but this one goal, to get accepted. When I did not receive the grade I had hoped in one disastrous Economics class, I was devastated. My friends and boyfriend tried to reassure me that it would be okay and it was just one class, but I wouldn’t listen. I worked harder and stressed myself further, which just hurt me in the end.
I ended up getting in to the Comm school, but in the process I alienated myself from people I really cared about. Getting the C in Econ was meaningless compared to the relationships I lost in the process.
It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think that if you achieve a goal, everything is resolved. Instead, spend time to enjoy the moments along the way. Leave the library every once in a while. Charlottesville is a beautiful town. Go to the Downtown Mall. Explore Belmont or the Shenandoah National park, which is only 30 short minutes away. Make sure to spend time with your friends and engage in activities that truly make you happy.
Ultimately, when you look back on your time at UVa, you won’t remember what grades you received or what classes you disliked. You’ll remember the time you spent with friends and the wonderful experiences in this incredible place.