“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” I first heard this poem, by Marianne Williamson, during my sophomore year in college, and its words have resounded within me ever since. Throughout my college career, I have learned many lessons. Three of the most significant things that come to mind are i) the importance of goal setting, ii) failure should be used as a learning experience, and iii) to be successful you must be able to adjust and be flexible as dictated by the ever-changing
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College has helped me learn that short-term objectives are just as imperative. Now I set weekly goals, encouraging myself to accomplish tasks involving my research, my class assignments and even spiritual assignments. I have maintained many of my long-term goals, keeping in mind that my small weekly triumphs will keep me on the right path to achieving them.
In my opinion, the most difficult thing I’ve learned is how to cope with failure. I, like many, did not embrace it nor welcome it with open arms. Only through my journey into adulthood, have I learned to view those occurrences as moments of self growth. I know now that it is only through my failures that I am able to re-evaluate myself and my actions in hopes that I will become a better person. My failure to truly apply myself during my senior year in college resulted in a waste of my true potential, a loss of opportunities, and ultimately a second-guessing of my abilities. Although I never let my grades slip, I slipped. I was no longer going the extra mile that it often takes to achieve your objectives. I soon realized that I had taken my talents for granted, I had allowed myself to get comfortable, and that I had failed to prepare for the next step in my journey. Needless to say, this failure did not hold me back long, and undoubtedly will never happen again. Most recently, I was blessed to learn that success does not always come as we