I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve written a poem outside of high school English. Nonetheless, I am in a poetic mood today and this poem summarizes my attitude about university (and should prove entertaining if nothing else). If you’re on this blog because of my recent Science One presentation, I will have the PowerPoint slides and handout from the it available soon.
You are not stupid,
You are not dumb.
You are not less intelligent,
Than anyone else. Really, it’s true.
This is first year,
And everyone struggles,
Your really smart friends,
Are working their butts off too.
Chemistry, math, biology, and French,
Physics, economics, poli sci, and English,
App Sci, forestry, F & H, and philosophy,
Will be be challenging at the beginning.
Hang in there,
And don’t doubt yourself.
This is where you’re supposed to be,
You are capable!
To overcome the learning curve,
And to learn more efficiently,
Discover and use excellent study skills,
And brush up on your time management too.
Learning and getting good grades aren’t easy,
And there are potholes in your way.
You may feel dumb ocassionally as you progress,
But that’s ok – soon you’ll be well on your way.
It might take a while,
To get to where you want to be academically,
But fret not and you will get there.
As long as you keep believing and trying.
This is university,
Where learning occurs,
Both from within the classroom,
And outside in the “real world”.
University is what you make of it,
And no one will hold your hands.
It is up to you,
To discover your passions and dreams.
Take advantage of opportunities,
That will fly your way.
Stretch your wings,
And turn your dreams into reality.
You are not alone,
And there many people who can help you on your journey.
Whether you want to learn how to learn or grow personally,
Reach out! Be proactive! Find resources!
Your education is more than a piece of paper,
And while your studies are important,
Don’t neglect balance and personal well-being.
And be wary of the insidious “burning out” bug!
And while this poem,
May not always rhyme,
Its intentions are sincere,
And its logic mostly sound.
All the best for the future.
You will be successful, have no doubt.
You are not stupid or dumb.
You are awesome.
Have a great weekend and Remembrance Day.