“What matters most is you hold yourself to the highest standard, rather than scraping by”
Article by 17160 Stephen Kalyta
As many of my fellow classmates would tell you, I did not exactly breeze through exam routine myself. Ironically, in times of heightened stress, I find my dreamscape littered with past faux-exams where unlike reality, I am ill-prepared and disorganized. I never suffered from these self-inflictions and I would encourage you to avoid this folly. There will always be those Cadets for whom it seems they are destined to ace every exam like some vaulted super-being. For the rest of us mere mortals, we call upon our tenacity, our grit to persevere. It does not matter whether your best is better than someone else for as Jordan Peterson suggests in his 12 Rules on Life, to “treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.” Let that sink in for a moment. As a future officer, how can expect more from the people who serve with you, if you lower the bar of your own standard? There is no shame in a struggle, whether academic or any of the other three pillars at the College. What matters most is you hold yourself to the highest standard, rather than scraping by.
I would not expect all to agree with my next statement, for it is merely an observation from which I garner an opinion. For some odd reason, the ability to meet an overcome the challenges of exam routine, become a “sub-routine” for life. It activates a neuroplasty that is highly resistant to failure and expects the best. Be your best and you will see it will pay in spades in so many ways on the road to Life. Good luck to all and fare well.