by CODY DRAPER, Staff Writer

It feels like we just started, and now the semester is drawing to a close. This is the time of year where most people are beginning to feel worn down, and coffee and energy drink sales are no doubt on the rise. With deadlines looming, our stress levels are high and morale is running low. Regardless of how you’ve done up to this point, if you are acing all of your classes or barely staying afloat, I have something to tell you. Don’t give up, no matter how bleak things may seem.eplcr

I can’t say for sure exactly how I developed this personal philosophy of mine, although it likely stems from my competitive nature and perfectionism. Where it came from doesn’t matter. What is important is that, in all facets of life, I refuse to admit defeat until the very end. If I am serious about something, and even sometimes when I’m not, I can become very headstrong.

This desire to succeed has helped me do well in school. It allowed me to perform moderately well in gym class despite not be very athletic. It is the reason why I excel at an unusual hobby of mine, online forum games based on shows like “Survivor” and “Big Brother,” and why I am certain I would do the same if I were ever on the real thing (CBS, call me). For better or worse, it has allowed me to accomplish a wide variety of achievements both big and small; if I have a goal, I will devote everything I have to accomplishing it, and I will do everything in my power to avoid failure. This somewhat unhealthy but overall beneficial mindset has helped to get me to where I am today, and I believe it could help you too.

As this semester comes to a close, I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck in their future endeavors. Whether you are graduating or continuing with your studies, taking the next step with your significant other or maintaining your status as the most eligible single in your area, following your dreams or sticking with your current job, I hope you will stay resolute. Above all else, keep working towards your goals. You won’t always succeed, but statistically speaking, you won’t always fail either. So finish this semester strong, persevere until the bitter end, and have an absolutely fantastic summer.