By: Bree Blair

Being a student is a taxing job: class here, homework there, study now, and activities or work somewhere wedged in there. What happens when you get off track and lose your motivation? Well for starters, everything that you’ve been working for begins to slowly slip out of your hands. Before you know it, you’re behind in all your classes and can’t seem to find an ounce of motivation to step up your game. What do you do? Surprisingly, I found sometimes the smallest things can be the remedy to what seems like the biggest problem: famous or inspirational quotations.

It seems as though everyone has a quotation or two that he or she likes to live by- something to remind yourself when you’re slowing down or going too fast. One of my favorite quotations is from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the character Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” We all know what it’s like to get caught in the craziness of school, but it’s so important to remember why you’re here in the first place. Whenever I’m feeling too stressed with school, practice, or anything, I remind myself not to forget how much hard work pays off, but more importantly, I remember to enjoy my life in general. Yes, of course school is important, but how you go about your everyday tasks is what makes it an enjoyable experience!

Another quotation I really like to live by is from an unknown author, but it says, “If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” This quotation could mean anything for anyone, but for me, this quotation represents how I got to where I am today in beautiful, sunny Florida. I have always wanted to be part of the UM community and experience year-round fun in the sun, but it took hard work and dedication for it to all come together. If you want something bad enough, it will lead you through all the stress that school just loves to bring. The most important thing to remember is that dreams aren’t just some unattainable ideas we have; they’re the ultimate goals that we strive to achieve through school, work, or whatever activities we may be involved in.

Don’t let yourself get lost in the midst of life. Take a step back, think of your favorite quotation, and remember the reasons why you work so hard in the first place. Having said that, I’d like to leave you all on a positive note with my favorite quotation of all written by the famous Mark Twain. He said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Work hard, live your life, and make the best out of every moment!