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A Student's Ambition

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By Patrice Blocker, University of South Florida

Being a student means having the desire to obtain something great. A diploma, including personal goals, is one of the ultimate achievements of a student. No feeling can equal the pride a student feels as they walk across the stage for recognition of graduating. The feeling of pride is one that all college students should feel, because becoming a college graduate is not an easy accomplishment -- especially when the statistics say that nearly half of all college freshmen do not graduate with a degree. It is a scary thing, but there is one thing all students need to walk across the stage, and that is the desire to do it.

Ambition is important because their determination is what will shape our future. Ambition builds a student up and completes them into amazing human beings. We as college students need ambition, because without the desire to succeed, there is absolutely no way we can. Besides parents, college students have no one forcing them to do what they need to. Maybe some students have the thousands they are spending as their motivation to make good grades. There are some, who have that desire to live a better life then what they were raised around. Whatever may be the driving factor behind a student's ambition, all the roads lead to one end, and that is success.

Staying up until 3 a.m., saying no to your friends when you know you need to study, all the caffeine consumed in your body, all the times you have felt like quitting, every class you wanted to walk out of, all the stress you have experienced, every hour you spent in the library, even the thousands spent on tuition are nothing compared to the final result. The diploma is not the only result. Another result is that you know you can pass the difficult classes and you are an educated American. It is the pride you will have inside when you announce your job title to strangers and friends. It is a pride that cannot have a price tag, and is one you will have forever.

The pain and fun of college is all in vain without a diploma on your wall. Too many people think of short term, and not think of the long-term result of what determination can do for you. When you have no one to encourage you, you must encourage yourself. Every time you think of giving up, think of the end of the road, not what is just in front of you. The journey will be hard, but think of your personal ambition, and that you have a goal to achieve.