Now that the year is coming to an end, I would like to highlight one of the most important things I’ve learned this year. Something that will stay with me no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. This year I’ve learned that there are things that are more important than a good grade. I remember my first day in the IA, the only thing I was thinking about was to do everything right in order to get a good grade at the end of the year. After first day I was really surprised because I figured that doing things “right” was subjective, there was no one telling me what to do, so I had no one to impress or follow. In the end, I’m the only one who can decide weather I’m doing things right or not, there’s not an exact line I can cross, but it all depends in how much effort I’ve put into my work, and how proud of it I am.
Now think about the value of getting a top mark in a test, when you actually didn’t learn anything, but instead memorized every answer in the test. Did you give your best effort possible? No. Are you going to remember any of that content in the future? Probably not. So why should you be proud of your mark? You probably didn’t give a great test, but instead did the least possible work in order to obtain the best possible grade. I learned that your work has absolutely no value unless you are completely proud of what you’ve done regardless your grade or the opinions of others.
I want to speak about my POL this year. Last week was one of the most stressing weeks of my entire life. I was so stressed in fact, to the point that if it would have been an ordinary presentation I would have told the teacher that I couldn’t do it, and that I would rather get a zero. But this presentation was different, I didn’t care if my peers thought it was a good presentation, I didn’t care if they gave me a low grade for the presentation, but I wanted to create something a would be proud of. I had really high expectations of myself, and I wasn’t willing to let myself down. It was so hard to create this presentation because it broke all the grade boundaries, it went much further than that, I was expecting so much more of myself.
In the end, I managed to deliver a presentation that I was truly proud of. A year ago I would have never believed that I could achieve something that great, but apparently I could If I worked hard enough. Sometimes I feel like grades are limiting us to a scale of one through seven , when actually we have the capacity to achieve so much more. Imagine if in my POL I would have settled for a grade between one and seven, I wouldn’t have been able to create such a great presentation. We are the ones who can push ourselves the most by setting high expectations, and by creating work that makes us proud instead of satisfying others.