I always used to think that I would have been a much more motivated student, if I had a nice place to study. In reality, I did the majority of studying in my bed, which often resulted in a lot of Netflix and really long power naps (OK, so technically I guess they were not power naps, just really long naps…).
Now I know that a beautifully furnished study place probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference. The problem was not my study surroundings, as much as the topic of my studies, which unfortunately did not interest me enough to spend time on them. Once this realisation occurred to me, I got very depressed. I felt like I had wasted a lot of good years, and maybe even missed the possibility to fulfill my true passion and potential.
It took me a long time and a lot of personal development to understand that this kind of thinking is not healthy nor useful. Instead, I now try to focus on all the positive things that wouldn’t have happened if I did not get my degree. For instance, if I did not get my degree, I would never have:
- Gotten my dream job
- Met my boyfriend
- Spent semesters abroad
- Had plenty of good times with a lot of great people
“Every cloud has a silver lining.” Sometimes you just have to say (or write) your thinking out loud to realize it.