As spring term comes to an end, I must give one final challenge. Ralph Waldo Emerson put it best when he said: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." In the busyness and difficulties of life, we often get caught up in circumstance, forgetting what is really important. I am definitely just as guilty as the next person. It is quite easy to attribute our attitudes and moods to our present state. Granted, there are times in life where this is unavoidable, almost appropriate really. Although this may be the case, the majority of circumstances we face should not determine our overall contentment. Having to search for a parking spot is not the end of the world. Just because the financial aid office loses your paperwork doesn't mean Drexel is the worst school ever. Don't allow the little things that bother you steal your contentment in life, specifically with being a Drexel student. Happiness is a choice. You chose what your attitudes and outlook on life will be. What has happened in the past does have a direct influence on who we are, but we hold the power to determine if those circumstances will take away our happiness.
One of the most important things I have learned throughout my time at Drexel is to do things in moderation. Too much of a good thing can actually be bad. If I could go back and do it over again, I would try much harder to relax and enjoy the ride. I know life is stressful and there is plenty of work to be done - but there will always be work to do. There will always be things in life you aren't satisfied with that can potentially steal your happiness. Don't let those things affect you on the inside. The journey is just as important as the final destination. Take time each day to stop and think of something you are grateful for, a reason you enjoy being here or just something that makes you smile. Don't get caught up in other people's complaints. If you hear someone complaining about life, Drexel or anything else, don't let it affect your outlook.