Any­thing worth hav­ing is worth work­ing for

Shepparton News - - LIFESTYLE - JES­SICA FENBY Shep­par­ton Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent week­endlife@shep­p­news.com.au.

For sec­ondary stu­dents com­plet­ing their VCE Units 3 and 4 (Year 12), ex­ams have al­ready started.

I’m sure it will come as no sur­prise to some that a lot of stu­dents don’t feel pre­pared.

I know that I per­son­ally don’t feel ready for all of my ex­ams.

While I have been study­ing so hard, it still doesn’t feel like enough, and be­cause of that, I spend an hour or more pro­cras­ti­nat­ing.

But some­thing I’ve come to re­alise is it can be Dif­fi­cult to pre­pare for some things in life.

I guess you could say most ex­ams have a for­mula for prepa­ra­tion, mak­ing it seem as though it would be easy to pre­pare.

We have a study de­sign and a set list of things that we need to know.

But for other things in life, like mar­riage, there’s only so much you as­sume what it’s go­ing to be like. You’re ba­si­cally walk­ing in blind. The same thing will hap­pen when I go to univer­sity or have chil­dren for the first time.

Not be­ing com­pletely pre­pared is ac­tu­ally not such a bad thing.

The way I see it, ev­ery­one is in the same boat.

You can only pre­pare so much for your first re­la­tion­ship, your first heart­break, your first death of a loved one, your first exam, your first mar­riage, your first child — and ev­ery other first you can think of.

And be­cause the things you’re go­ing through are go­ing to be your firsts, you can’t be up­set at your­self if you make a mis­take or don’t han­dle the sit­u­a­tion the way you would have liked.

You have to learn from your mis­takes and take an­other step for­ward.

I don’t think you should ever walk away from some­thing un­til you’ve re­ally put ev­ery­thing into it.

As much as I don’t want to study for my ex­ams and I just want to put my books away, put my feet up and watch a movie — I know that I need to put my all into this be­cause if I don’t, I’ll re­gret it later when I wake up and check what ATAR I got.

I’ve de­cided that I don’t want to have any re­grets. I mean, who does?

So when­ever I want some­thing, I’m go­ing to go for it.

If I want a cer­tain mark, I know that I have to put in work to get it.

So I be­lieve that the same ap­plies for other things in life.

If you want your re­la­tion­ship to last, you need to put in just as much as you want out of it.

If you want your chil­dren to be suc­cess­ful, you need to be there for them and put into their lives.

If you want to do well in any part of your life, you need to ac­tu­ally work for it.

You can’t just wake up 10 kg lighter if you haven’t ex­er­cised and you can’t get an ATAR score of 99 if you don’t work for it.

Stay pos­i­tive and work hard for what you want.

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