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Don't Stress, You're Blessed

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Monday, Dec 12, 2016
    At times when school gets to be too much or it becomes overwhelming, we all have a saying or mantra we reference. This is something that helps us relax and eases some of the stress we feel.

    I have learned many ways to destress myself and have held on to one specific topic. The days I am feeling low and a bit defeated, I think of why I decided to go get a higher education. Being able to identify my purpose and the reason I'm struggling allows me to put it in perspective. I am the first in my family to get a higher education and have committed to make my family (& myself) proud. I will be one of the main providers for my mother and father when they get older. In the Mexican culture, we are very family oriented and are expected to help the immediate family for the rest of our lives. We do this out of respect and gratitude for our elders, who have given us all they could, when they could. I tell myself that I am not only getting a degree to have a good job or a job that I love, but also to be able to provide for my family. I may be stressed or I may feel beat, but when I tell myself why I am here, I immediately feel better. I know that it will be worth it for me and my family. My parents and my grandparents all made sacrifices in order for their children to be the people they are. The least I can do for them, after all they've done for me, is to provide for them and give them all they deserve! I am blessed to have an opportunity to thank my parents and family by getting an education. 
    What do you do or tell yourself to conquer any difficulty in life? In school? At work?

    by Vanessa Hernandez, College of Engineering
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