Student Interns: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Throughout college, every student has their fair share of successes and failures. From bad essays to acing exams, there is always something to learn from the highs and the lows. Our EDTL Student interns discuss their own experiences of succeeding and failing recently.
Failure and success are often viewed as black and white, however both give us opportunity to grow and learn. With that in mind our EDTL Student Interns reflected on the ways they have succeeded and failed recently.
Jamine Ryan – UL
“Whatever work you have to do, give yourself three times the amount of time you’d think you’d need to do it” – said my best friend, a recent graduate who submitted her undergraduate thesis on Ulysses of all things. She shared with me this sound nugget of advice so that I could take a different approach with my thesis. I should have listened to her. But, like… who wants to do college work in the summer?
One thing I’ve succeeded in recently is the writing of the final year project. It’s not done yet, but so close. The one thing I’ve failed in is the writing process of the final year project itself. I know it sounds so contradictory, but when you’re a student, it is typical to fail in the process but win in the result. Sometimes we can tend to beat ourselves up when we’re cramming before a deadline or maybe to catch up on a lecture we shouldn’t have missed – wondering why we didn’t do things differently. So yeah, at that moment, we’ve failed in the process of good time-keeping or having study discipline, but what’s most important is that we showed up! Every time we show up and do the work, we’ve succeeded.
So I succeeded because I showed up! I failed in one regard, but I might lose my mojo if I kept thinking about that failure. As long as we all pat ourselves on the back for trying to be consistent and disciplined, that missed reading or lecture because of other commitments (or a mental break) isn’t an example of us failing at something. It’s just another thing to push ourselves to succeed in.
Eimer Magee – UCD
Something I’ve had to adapt to quickly and I believe I’ve succeeded at is working with a group. My modules have recently required a lot of group work recently and I believe I’ve somewhat maximised my experience working on group projects and assignments. Rather than sitting back and letting someone else lead the discussion or direction, I’ve made a conscious effort to outline a plan, organise a meeting and to not let things get put on the backburner.
My effort to take the lead in projects has contributed to the downfall of other areas, mainly my time-management. I’ve found myself struggling to stay on track with my assignment schedule. I’ve strayed away from making to-do lists, simply out of fear over how long they’ll be (oops!). Getting back on track will really come down to planning my weeks out better and not getting overwhelmed by my workload!
Aishling Gillen – MU
One thing I succeeded in recently was completing my semester exams. It was a challenge after having our first semester back on campus to then be moved online for exams. Ultimately though, I am proud and relieved that I not only endured them, but also met this challenge well and ultimately succeeded.
One thing I failed in was managing my own expectations. I struggled with perfectionism, especially with assignments. I found I failed to manage my time and energy in this regard. Even though I was focused on my work, I ended up burnt out and exhausted from the time I would spend on theses assignments. For the future I am focusing on remembering that everything does not need to be prefect, and I know that this will have a positive impact on my successes in the future.
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