8.01.2009

No Excuses

Today was a very fruitful day. I woke up this morning at 7AM with four hours of sleep to attend a 3-day workshop on Ivy League schools with a friend just for extra knowledge and better insight. The facilitators -who are Malaysian students- of the workshop have all been accepted to Ivies like Yale, Brown, Princeton, Berkeley, Harvard, Standford, etc. And boy did they look the part, too. All of them spoke and carried themselves really well, which really wasn't much of a surprise at all. As each one of them began to narrate the uncertain journey they had embarked fearlessly to make it this far, I began to realize that this bunch of amazing people, perhaps, had refused to acknowledge the word "impossible" in their lives. All of them had trodden on completely different paths, yet arrived at the same destination today.

It was an amazing feeling -knowing that big dreams can sometimes come true with the right amount of determination, perseverence, discipline, support, love, brains, information and above all, passion. With the exception of money, everything else -deadlines, fear, doubts and plain ol' laziness- shouldn't really be an excuse to keep someone from going the extra mile and making the leap of faith to capture the seemingly unattainable dream. (Most of the facilitators who had spoken today had financial aid from either their university or the Malaysian government since their grades have been outstanding...which, again, was no surprise.) There is no room to be finicky, nor is there room to be apprehensive. Diving in headfirst is the only way (in my opinion).

The facilitators had opened my eyes to a lot of things about Ivy League schools I never knew before this -from the tedious application process and formats to the differences between liberal arts colleges and research universities to the types of application windows. Without a doubt, I had gained a lot from the workshop; and today was only the first day. Tomorrow would be the second day while the third and final day will resume three weeks from now.

The workshop today has got me thinking a bit about other options to consider which are out there. (Although truth be told, the zeal in me is slowly dying ever since I got back.) I was and maybe still am never one who dares to dream big. So maybe just this time, I'm going to attempt dreaming a mediocre-sized dream. And hope for the best. Because even though the word "impossible" does exist in my dictionary in large and bold font, it doesn't exist in God's dictionary. And that's all that matters.

9 comments:

drey said...

Insightful post. Thanks for sharing!

Justine said...

Thanks, Andre! =) We are in this together, yes? Hehe. Dream dream dream. :P

drey said...

Sometimes appreciation is important huh. Having a dream is an achievement. And I'm happy with that. =)

Justine said...

Heheh, so glad to hear you say that! :D

Ikitron said...

U go girl! conquer the world!!! =D

Justine said...

Ikhsan, THANK YOU! You, too! Go for it, whatever it is!!! (Like F1.) =)

Faiz said...

Aww, Justine, this post is inspiring!
Wow.
I love the closing sentences, you knw the impossible part.
=)

Faiz said...

Owh yeah I changed my URL (again).
Sorry!

http://iamfaiz.blogspot.com/

Justine said...

Thanks, Faiz. =) And it's no biggie! :P