As a college student, I know how easy it is for anxiety to set when faced with too many things going on at once. It’s a commotion in your mind. Seeing your goals visually by writing them down and going through the process itself of determining reasonable goals, helps you plan, organize and feel prepared.
“The art of writing is more powerful than people think,” Professor Jordan Peterson says. He believes that through this mental motivation which he refers to as “self-authoring”, minority students are given a tool to overcome what is known as “stereotype threat”.
When minority students are transitioning into college, learning how to manage the new environment can be a huge obstacle. Discouragement and doubt can be constant battles.
The following quote in the article resonated with me:
"If you aren't sure you belong in college, and you don't hand in that paper," she explains, "you can say to yourself, 'That's because I didn't do the work, not because I don't belong here.' "
I’ve had this thought in high school and at moments when I faced something I didn’t think I could push through. If the experience gets to be seemingly too hard and completely overwhelming, so much that you doubt all the hard work you’ve put into getting there in the first place, “saving face” will not be enough.
The biggest take away from the article and from my personal experience is to always return to the basics. Break big things down, and make them smaller. Remind yourself why you are there, why your path matters, and how what you can do to get through it.
When doubt and anxiety starts to set in: buy a notebook, pick a quiet place and start there.