The school year will soon be coming to a close.
Between homework, projects, and finals, you are probably in need of some motivation.
Reflect on the following five quotes to re-energize your spirits and get you through these last grueling weeks of the semester.
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière Doing well in school can be a challenge, especially if you are also involved in sports, clubs, or honor societies. Managing your time and finding an effective study method may be among the most difficult tasks.
However, think of how relieved you will feel once the school year is over. Knowing you did your best can make your summer particularly pleasant and rewarding.
“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison All thrilling accomplishments – publishing a book, passing the BAR exam, opening a business, winning a marathon – come at a price. If these feats were simple, anyone could accomplish them.
You are likely to experience exhaustion, aggravation, and confusion as you work toward your goal. When you feel like you want to give up on your studies, remind yourself of how far you have come. Keep going; you are almost at the finish line!
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela You have probably heard it many times before: knowledge is power. This simple adage holds much truth, however. If we analyze some of the world’s most influential people, we realize they all have something in common – they introduced us to novel ideas, which were the result of scholarship, experimentation, and reflection.
For these reasons, the course of history was changed in a positive way. With useful knowledge or a revolutionary philosophy, you, too, can make an impact. The first step is learning!
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin As you buckle down toward the end of the school year, you may have to make some sacrifices. This might entail studying for exams instead of going out with your friends, or working on projects instead of watching television. To excel at school, students may need to give up time and energy they would normally spend on other pursuits.
Though you may feel tired and frustrated these last few weeks of class, remember that it will all be worth it. You are becoming a wiser, more knowledgeable, well-rounded person. You are learning to see from different perspectives, write and read effectively, use your logic, and solidify your own voice. By giving up a few pleasures now, you can reap copious long-term benefits.
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle School is not always a fun experience. At times you may feel stressed about meeting deadlines, overwhelmed by new information, or uncertain about your post-school plans. All of these reactions are normal.
However, if you can stay strong and remain on top of your schoolwork, you may be rewarded in the future. By learning to be organized and self-disciplined now, you are more likely to succeed in your future pursuits.
There is not much time until summer vacation begins, so give school your all while you still can!
Tiffany Sorensen is a professional tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Stony Brook University.
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A bland admission essaycan put an overworked college rep to sleep. I attended a conference once where an administrator at Yale University mentioned that 20 staffers at his Ivy League school read 50 college admission essays a day, six days a week during the application season. That's a lot of papers to slog through.
Now that it's summer, you've got time to write a great college essay. And to get your college admissions essay off to the right start, begin with a captivating opening line.
Want examples? Here are samples from winning college essays courtesy of Stanford University. These are opening lines of admissions essays that the Stanford admission reps especially liked. All of the essay writers were accepted as members of the class of 2012. You can find even more opening lines of sample admission essays in the Stanford Magazine.
10 Opening Lines from Stanford Admission Essays
- I change my name each time I place an order at Starbucks.
- When I was in the eighth grade I couldn't read.
- While traveling through the daily path of life, have you ever stumbled upon a hidden pocket of the universe?
- I have old hands.
- I was paralyzed from the waist down. I would try to move my leg or even shift an ankle but I never got a response. This was the first time thoughts of death ever cross my mind.
- I almost didn't live through September 11th, 2001.
- The spaghetti burbled and slushed around the pan, and as I stirred it, the noises it gave off began to sound increasingly like bodily functions.
- I have been surfing Lake Michigan since I was 3 years old.
- I stand on the riverbank surveying this rippled range like some riparian cowboy -instead of chaps, I wear vinyl, thigh-high waders and a lasso of measuring tape and twine is slung over my arm.
- I had never seen anyone get so excited about mitochondria.
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College admissions essay by Jeff Pearce. CC 2.0.