MY SECOND YEAR AT PHARMACY SCHOOL
When I started my university life back in 2019 the only certain thing I knew was of facing consistent changes, the changes that I have to accept unwillingly, and the changes that I have to resist with my full might. The second year was different from the first one, here I confronted many challenges other than academics. From mental health to thinking about the future every possible thought came here.
As the profound maxim says, “Every difficulty is an opportunity towards a success story” in the same we have to confront challenges because they are there to strengthen us not to weaken us and if you are afraid of them or running away from them then it’s your misery.
I am dividing the second year into 3 phases; the winter, the spring, and the summer. Secondly, I’ll be presenting a brief account of what I faced in these phases and how I tackled them.
Winter was the start of the second year here everything was smooth and favorable for few weeks until I passed by the notion of not standing still and that the journey hasn’t ended yet. The primary problem here was how to muster up your courage to reiterate after losing almost everything. Well, sometimes it is all about gambling things and taking risks. In my perspective, things become way easier when you have faced failures. Because at that time you perceive that you are nothing and you have nothing to live for and that time you come to the turning point of striking back. Because you have nothing to lose but if you win then the world is yours.
Sometimes setbacks and failures are inevitable and fated, not to weaken you but to give you courage and give you discernment of everything that is volatile.
I did the same here, gambling was the last option. It was not surely sufficient I needed more to get back and then came positivity!
Positivity is that weapon that has helped man to win more battles than anything else. Many battles have been won by these two things; gambling big and positivity and so here it summarizes how to muster up your courage to come back in the worst of your circumstances. I used these two things and conquered the worst of happenings.
This ends my winter phase, in short, it was all about how to get back, this phase didn’t focus on how to get back stronger but how to get back!
Spring was different and more dilemmatic than any other phase, in the prior phase I endeavored to get back but here the main concerns were of staying, keeping myself motivated, and how to avoid distractions. This phase passed with VLE or online system and so like other students, it became very difficult to maintain everything, stay focused, and remain productive.
It is a human instinct that sometimes proves to be fatal that a person totally loosens himself after the acquisition of a particular goal, and so it happened to me. I somehow slacked at the beginning of the second phase and so it concerned me how to get motivated and how to avoid distractions, and how to stay here. Then after gambling big, positivity there came the not abandoning yourself factor or commitment with one’s self. This matters a lot and this is that sole entity that helps you to stay focused on your goals.
This factor matters, from a broader perspective we can say that this whole system is committed to itself, everything is committed to its assigned role. The sun, the moon, the plants, the animals, the microbes, everyone has a role and everyone is sincere with that role. This is what comes first before any execution of a plan, if there is no commitment with a plan then everything is futile and volatile even hard work fails here. Everything starts with this commitment factor and once a man learns not to abandon himself then everything becomes easier for him, he starts to engross himself with different sorts of activities and in the end manages to excel in it. So, once it starts planning comes there, smart work comes there, and so on. And so I did every possible step of not abandoning myself, going into an extensive explanation we can say I started giving myself two hours per day for my studies, 2 hours for whole social media activities, not missing any class even though the 70% of the semester passed with the online system. Preparing for every quiz, assignment, exam, class activity, and such other things that are missed by or slackened by the majority of the students in this online system. Keeping everything within the limits and not exceeding them and above all avoiding procrastination as procrastination is the second step to destruction, oversleeping remains the first one as procrastination arises for oversleeping, and destruction arises from procrastination. Apart from dealing with academic problems this factor also plays a focal role in the practical life where you have to cope with many things at a moment such as job, family, relationship, etc. Therefore, grasping this factor is a pivotal thing as it all starts with you.
This phase was a blend and testimony of the above-mentioned phases, it was a phase when the above-mentioned things were needed. Here the major concern was for a solid plan, after mustering up the courage to come again with the gambling big and positivity, and further paving the way with the commitment factor, the final and the last thing required was a plan.
As the maxim says, “all is well when the plans are well.”
So, here the main apprehension was the need of a solid plan or calculations, I want to say this factor is the last but it is the most essential thing as any error in it can lead to a troublesome happening. The question that surfaces here is how to get a solid plan? Well as step by step one walks far, if you have completed the above-mentioned steps then it surely becomes easier for you to complete this one and the momentous step.
Speaking with my example, I started earlier this time so limited efforts can be given and commitment with the least time can be shown.
As mentioned earlier when you have covered and struggled through other factors this factor becomes easy as 60% of the work has been done beforehand, explaining further that your sheer commitment will aid you to get to a solid plan.
And once all these things gather the results are adequate for the validation!
This ends all the 3 phases and how I tackled those problems.
In the end, I want to conclude with the ayah,
YOUR LORD HAS NEITHER FORSAKEN YOU, NOR IS HE DISPLEASED WITH YOU [93:3]