via Kristina Aristo – AVAC

kristina aristo

Motivation isn’t something we can purchase at a store, it’s not something we can barrow from a neighbor and it’s not something you get for Christmas. Motivation is something that is inside you, but it isn’t always guaranteed either. You could have a strong motivation for a week in regards to cake baking, but then never want to bake another cake as long as you live. The reason I bring up motivation is because I just finished and completed the hardest thing of my entire life: graduate college. It took me seven years, but within those seven years I changed my major three times and at one point left San Jose State University all together because I wanted to be an EMT. The only thing that kept me going was my motivation to succeed, my motivation to prove to myself that I am smart and can prove it.

I don’t know how I found the motivation time and time again either, especially when the advisor would tell me “Oh well they changed the curriculum, so instead of only needing three more classes, you’ll need 8, so that’s another year of college.”  Hearing this made me really mad, but this was the point in life where I decided if I was ever going to be happy, then I needed to start looking on the bright side of things and not dwell on the negative (which is much easier said than done my friends).

Once I decided to embrace the fact that I was stuck in college for another century and a half, I finally started to enjoy college. I was able to relax and really enjoy the things I was learning. I always had friends who wanted to rush through and finish school so they could hurry and find a job; for what? My mental maturity was still on the fact that “My professors are unfair and I don’t understand why extra credit isn’t assigned,” Not “I wonder what kind of corporate job I can find.”  I let the pressure go from what society was telling me, along with my uber book smart friends and I took the last few semesters to work on me as a human and an intellect. I will say that once I did that, the time flew by, and I finally figured out what I want to do as a career. My motivation sprung into high gear and I learned so much. I realized that it didn’t matter how long it took me to complete my BA, it was that I finished it; and on a plus side, I have a good portion of not one, but three different majors under my belt, which is pretty awesome for intellectual party conversations.

Life is always going to throw you unexpected hurdles in your life, no matter what the circumstances are. Something that most people do not know, is that along with school and working full time (for one of the best places in the world, GO AVAC!), I take care of my mother.  I am her primary care taker and I wouldn’t have it any other way, however, that doesn’t mean living three full time lives is easy. But this is where the motivation comes in and reminds you that you are capable of anything you want to accomplish. I sit here before you on my first actual day of being a college graduate to tell you that you can do it too. If it is finishing school, if it is starting a new workout routing, or if it is just finishing a book you started in summer, you can do it.  The motivation is inside; you just have to notice it. If I can find motivation to complete fourteen semesters, anyone can the motivation for anything.

Take this New Year and find your motivation, you can thank me later. Cheers!

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