I still remember when I wrote my personal essay for English, which I riddled mostly with life lessons. No, it wasn’t BS work. I actually put much thought into it. Basically, the essay is supposedly for college admissions people to look at. I felt really bad and like a hypocrite when I typed up the procrastination section of the essay, but I knew wholeheartedly that what I had written about the subject is true. Procrastination is a part of human nature. Instead of working countless hours on some stupid project, we’d all rather hang out with our friends and significant other; some of us want to hang out with family. But, as my Econ teacher once stated “Life’s a bitch”. I mean, you can’t escape. You just can’t. You know you have work to do that’s due in like two weeks or even the next day. And you know if you don’t turn it in, you’re basically screwed. At least at my high school, I realize that most teachers have that late homework pass because they know that even with the no late work policy, students will just slack and put it off until the last minute. But today, I learned something more. Don’t get stuck into the habit of doing and turning in stuff late and try to “bribe” your way into getting full credit on a late assignment with any teacher, even if they allow it.
I remember English Sophomore year and C.P.U.S.H. (College Prep United States History) Junior year, my teachers would give out one late pass. My Junior year English teacher, who by the way is the most awesome teacher I’ve ever had, also accepted late work (by a certain date), although she never gave out late passes and did this with three students, if I recall correctly. Well, I guess I just got stuck in that habit I mentioned earlier. I put off the two tutorial projects that I had to do, one of them which I started and never finished, went way past the deadline and asked for leniency today after school. Yeah, not going to work. And to be honest, I couldn’t help it either. Ironically, I’m addicted to technology. I mean, I love it, but I couldn’t find the incentive to finish and turn in the projects. I should’ve just turned in what I had… but again, I thought I had the power of leniency. Don’t be lazy like I am sometimes. It’ll literally kill you.
By the way, now that I think about it and since I’m already on this topic on procrastination, I was going to write a topic on success. I realize this example may be a bit abstract from the point I’m trying to get across, but I tried. While I was busy being frustrated at myself for not doing what I was supposed to do, I was worried about my grade. Yes, I know. It’s only first quarter and I’m worried about failing one class for the whole year. Well, when you get to visit my Asian-dominant high school called Mission San Jose High School, you’ll get this a lot. Now, I really don’t know whether if it’s just the whole Asian stereotype thing, like if it’s the type of thing that the average Asian teenager would do because of parental nagging to get a good grade and to get into a prestigious high standard college/university. But apparently it happens a lot. I get one F for a quarter and I was silently shedding tears about it while exiting campus. We’ve known the definition of success all our lives, starting as toddlers. By the way, I saw this article saying that toddlers are apparently smarter than we think (without the use of “apparently” of course). I didn’t read it, but I probably should ’cause it sounds interesting. But anyway, getting back on track here, whether or not how we define success in our own words, I would say almost all of us get the overall picture of what it means. Now, if you think you have a different overall view of success, I’d be much inclined to see it. But, I’m just hypothesizing.
Success can be applied everywhere in life. You successfully finish your homework so you can go ahead and chill either by yourself or with friends and family. Or if you’re like the original owner of Wal-Mart and you help your parents open a shop and sell things and you become an entrepreneur later in life. All that is defined as success, even if it’s something small that leads to the most successful corporation on the planet. But again, the enigmatic question still remains. How do you define success? Do you conform to the overall flow or do you have something else in mind?