Step up to the challenge people

Throughout my years as a student, I have evolved, not only as a student but as a person as well. I grew up in Rutland Vt., born and raised. I went all the way through the Rutland School system, which to many may not say very much.
I was just an average student, who was there because I had to be. I never actually tried to get anything out of my younger years, I just remember looking forward, and wishing time would speed up.
School was never really something that intrigued me, I’m sure part of the problem was a lack of interest, but what kid takes every bit of knowledge he or she learns and stores it away for a rainy day?
Well now that I’m a junior in college, I find that more and more of those rainy days are popping up, leaving me wishing I had tried harder and paid more attention. Which gets me thinking, in another five years, am I going to be kicking myself in the butt for passing up opportunities to further my knowledge to make a brighter future?
As of last year, I declared a major in communication with a concentration in public relations with a minor in writing. In the last year I have met some of the most amazing people who have helped me reach my full potential and led me to the dean’s list every semester and cheaper car insurance.
I was never a straight A student nor will I ever be, but Castleton has given me the opportunity to achieve more than I could have ever thought possible.
College is a time to find yourself and what you want to spend the rest of your life doing.
No one is going to remember the awesome trick shot you made in beer pong last weekend. No one is going to care that you were hung over four days a week from not knowing your limits when finals come around and you have no idea what is going on.
Professors don’t go into a class thinking “let’s see who we can fail this semester.” They probably go into it thinking, “should I even read the syllabus? It’s not like they are going to follow it anyway,” because we are slowly killing professors’ trust in us as students to give them the respect they deserve.
Times have changed and we as students are becoming less credible than ever before. We are pushing away some of the people who want to see us succeed the most, our professors.
Don’t get me wrong, I skip class and like to have a good time just like every other college student. I have handed in late work, or not handed in work at all. But there comes a point where you grow up and realize you are only hurting yourself in the long run.
College is supposed to be the best time of your life and it can be. This is the beginning of the rest of our lives. The parties, the hangovers, the baseball games and social media will still be there.
But being in college also means we are adults who are now responsible for ourselves and our education. You’re spending the money to be here, why not learn a thing or two in the process?

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