Persistence. Determination. Discipline.
These are words that have been drilled in our heads from a young age, but what do they really mean? And why are they so important?
Actually, without any of those virtues the world would not function. For me, it took a while to actually understand what mastery is and why it is so crucial to have.
College gives you the opportunity to see it every day. You know that intimidating Chemistry professor lecturing in the front of the class? Welp, they were definitely not born knowing how to do ICE tables or titration problems. He or she at one point probably had a hard time with chemistry too, but something about chemistry changed along in their lives.
The truth is that mastery takes a long time. It is not easy, and it can be unpleasant at times.
Acquiring a new skill might be a cognitive task at first, meaning you have to really think about every step, every movement, every little detail, but as time passes, things can become second nature. Just like when you start driving, or you work on your first chemistry homework, or you learn a new language.
It is important to remember that we all learn to become really good at something through practice. Passion helps feed it, setting goals helps visualize it. The TECHniques Center tries to push the staff, tutors, and students to re-discover that passion every day and use it as fuel to work through the good and the bad.
Hellen Keller once said, “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
When problems become challenges, when fear becomes curiosity, one truly learns to embrace whatever life brings forth.
So if you’re in the first Portuguese course, or you’re in last semester of calculus III, recall the opportunities that have led you to that point and feel proud of that.
Every expert started somewhere, and remember that if you put forth the right combination of attitude, patience, and ambition, you can master anything you wish.