Setting Limits

February 1, 2016

Some professors make their students work unnecessarily hard. Sometimes it seems so difficult that it’s impossible. They might have a grading scale that makes getting an A more difficult, there might be no extra credit opportunities, or they might expect you to know the class material even better than they do. The class takes so much time out of your schedule, and not just because of required homework or assignments. No, the stuff that really takes all the time from your schedule is simply studying for it! If you don’t study for that one class every day for most of your day, then don’t bother taking the class at all because you will fail. The worst part is that you also have to take time for other stuff, too, like jobs, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work. And let’s not forget about the fact that you have other classes, too. How can it possibly be done? You have to spend every waking moment working to not fall behind on anything and get all of your work done. It is extremely stressful, and the stress just ends up making it even harder to work. You’ve reached your limit.

But do you really know what your limit is? How much can you really take before it’s over? Sometimes, we think that we’ve reached our limit when we’ve only just started. You can’t focus; that means it’s time to stop. You’re emotionally drained; you can’t keep working now. Honestly, that may just be you giving up. That may just be you losing the will to continue working. That may just be you getting in your own way. You tell yourself that you can’t go on anymore and that this is all that you can take, when in reality, maybe you could go on. Maybe you can take more than this. Maybe you aren’t as tired as you think you are. Maybe you’re not done yet.

If you go into your work without holding yourself back, then maybe the work won’t be as crazy as it seems. Maybe it will actually be a possible feat. Maybe you can do it! Stressing yourself out and telling yourself that you can’t do it doesn’t help anything. It just holds you back from unleashing your full potential. When you confront an obstacle with a can-do attitude, the stress that you felt before will be gone, allowing you the energy to do so much more. No matter how difficult outside factors (such as demanding professors) make it, you can do it. You just have to believe in yourself.

-Crislyn Cole, Opinions Editor

this article appeared in Vol. 97, Issue 7 of The Mississippi Collegian

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