For All Students Who Are Struggling Right Now,
You deserve all those sleepless nights and that second cup of coffee. You deserve to be having a hard time, to be struggling your way through every single day, because there’s no other way to make you realise how much you want your dreams to come true.
There are moments where you question yourself, ask why you didn’t just go the easier path. Sometimes you even blame other people for the hardships that you are encountering, pointing fingers, forgetting that you wouldn’t be where you are without them.
Sometimes it gets to a point where you just want to give everything up.
But even with all those challenges, you have to remind yourself that you deserve to be struggling because it reminds you to want it more.
Our greatest fear is if our dream isn’t for us. It is hard. But you also have to realise that it is okay to complain from time to time, to cry and breakdown.
You have to remember to be human.
Although it is easier to let your emotions eat you up, always remember that you have to do it; you have to get up and finish that case to understand the law so you can defend those who need it, or to continue to study that last page of your anatomy book so you can correctly diagnose patients and save lives, or maybe, you have to stay up not only for yourself, but for everyone else so that the future will be brighter.
You have to keep in mind that you are where you are not only because of a dream or the desire to change the world, but also because of the struggle of other people to help you reach your goal.
You are not alone in your journey to finishing your degree, so remember to thank everyone else who continuously pushes you to fight and believe.
Remember that you are struggling because you have to, that nothing good comes easy, and as cliché as it may be, remember that the fire that melts butter is the same fire that hardens steel.
By Lara Murallos
Artwork by George Wylesol