Finals week wasn’t the easiest time of the school year but it is finally over! If you’re in England or Nigeria, I know you’re just about to have your exams and I’m here to tell you it’s going to be alright! When it’s all over all those trips to the Library with Starbucks in your hand will be well worth it. Speaking of Library trips and the boredom that ensues, here is a quick peek of a collection of pictures I took while studying for exams. I call it STARBUCKS & THOUGHTS.
The frustration registered on my face in a lot of these pictures probably represent what you’re feeling at the moment. I cried, because stress seemed to be a constant factor weighting down upon me; and I became a Starbucks addict to finish up my essays.
During this period, I had one of the most profound conversations about the educational system with a friend. During our study session, I was panicking because I thought that I would somehow mess up the perfect A I had in my Microbiology class. She calmed my nerves and explained that grades were originally meant to be a system of measure but have become a “reward system”. At first, grades were only meant to be a measure of how much you know and they got flipped around and became rewards-things to be coveted. All I’m saying is that an A or a D doesn’t-and will never- accurately reflect who you are and what your potential is, but that doesn’t mean you should throw all concepts of hard work away.
I’ve grown up in a household and society where grades were held in high esteem, a B was never good enough; heck, a 3.85/4.0 was still not good enough. Even though the critics spoke from a place of love, I was bewildered. How could I still not be good enough?
Everyday, we strive to be enough for everyone else but ourselves; and that should not be. A grade should be a secondary thought to the amount of effort you put into a class. If you put your “all” into a class or a particular subject there is no doubt you will come out with a good grade in that class. And if you don’t: you’ll be proud knowing the amount of effort you put in. Grades are another way society wants to quantify us, but these grades miss a lot of things we are. They don’t quantify our beauty, or our wittiness. They don’t measure how kind you are, or the true beauty of your soul. So, relax! I know you’ll do well, I already give you an A+ 😉
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comment section x