02nd Oct2017

Are We There Yet?

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As most students would attest to, varsity is not easy. I am not only referring to the ever-increasing demands of academia but also to the very ‘privilege’ of being accepted into these institutions. A few months in, perhaps even extending to a few years, one learns to adjust to life on campus. It somehow brings a sense of “making it”, having an ace up one’s sleeve upon graduation. What this article aims to do is not to discuss the current crisis of unemployed graduates in this country, but rather to unpack the social standards of individual success.

While the ordinary of us maintain a schedule of coming to campus, attending classes and returning to our respective residences at the end of the day, others are going above and beyond, exploring every opportunity presented to them. From leadership positions to employment opportunities, these students are seemingly killing two birds with one stone: getting an education while gaining experience at the same time. But who makes the rules, and why are those that choose to take things one step at a time judged so harshly? Social constructions of a normality, require us to matriculate at 18, graduate by 21, work by 25, and be ready for settling down by at least 28.

You Don't Have to Go Fast

What these standards fail to consider are aspects of freedom of choice, and individuality. It is again, these exact standards that come up with concepts of ‘late-achievers’ to describe those whose success came later than the known social expectations. Shouldn’t we rather celebrate achievements nonetheless, irrespective of when they came? Personally, it always concerns me when people try to do too much too soon. On the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with having a hunger for success, or a drive to see things through, only if the reasons behind it are based on satisfying the individual and not the masses.

Social degrees of comparison put unnecessary pressure on people, and are likely to yield burnt out adults who suffer from childhood amnesia, not because they skipped that stage, but because they were so focused on the future that they failed to acknowledge the present.

Being born poor is not a choice, but dying poor is.

Even with the above argument, individuals should not use different paces of development as an excuse for sitting down, and waiting for miracles to fall from above. Drawing from the wise saying ‘the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg’, it is conclusive to argue that nothing is more encouraging than seeing people deny the acceptance of a ‘permanent victim’ status. While the aim may be success for all of us, how we get there will not be the same for all of us. Life should not be a race to get to the finish line, because doing so deprives us of meaningful moments that would otherwise contribute to our happiness. And finally, varsity should be as much about hard-work as it is about following your passion.

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