Finding Your Sunshine: Identify pillars of support to help achieve collegiate success

When I started going to college, I found that the subjects got a lot harder than in high school. I began to feel that I couldn’t pass, make good scores, or even finish all of my homework. But through it all my mom was always there to help me and held my hand when I needed it. I have found my sunshine through her.

My mom likes to tell me how much she believes in the quote, “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.” She never got the opportunity to finish her education, but pushes me to continue mine in order to accomplish my dreams. It is because of her that I feel I can do anything.  Whenever I need support I always turn to her because I know her words will soothe me.

While college can be a great time of finding yourself, it can also be a time of big challenges and stress. A little light shining in can help you keep moving forward. Whether it be a person or activity, there needs to be something that drives you and pushes you to be better. My mom always says that college is not easy, but nothing in this life is easy. Work hard and fight for what you believe in.

She also always said that I never need to change to please anyone. It is important that whatever you may choose to pursue doesn’t change you along the way. College is where you learn a lot, but you can get lost in the shuffle of things. Hold firm to your values and beliefs so you don’t lose your way.

I believe all college students need to feel supported. We have pressure to conform, change, or even give in to failure. We all need to feel that there is someone or something who can help and encourage us to keep going. It is imperative that you find what helps make you shine by putting you up instead of tearing you down. So if you ever find yourself discouraged, think about what keeps you going and don’t look back.

Pearson Students: Who or what is your sunshine? How does it encourage you? Share when you comment below!

Natalie Farran is a junior at the University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in Integrated Science with a minor in Biology. She is an honor student, as well as a member of the University of Michigan-Dearborn chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa. She has also begun preparing for nursing school. Natalie’s dream is to become a writer. She likes to read, write, and draw. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also speaks English, Italian, and Arabic.

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