The Fright of Failure

AUM sophomore Landyn Bassett studying for finals.

Failure can hit like a freight train. One minute it seems like life is together. Then the next thing you know, it’s 2 a.m., you’re surrounded by unfinished work and wondering how you were on top of the world a week ago, while now you seem to be at the bottom of the barrel.

While failure is inevitable at times, it can also be avoidable with proper preparation. Finals are rapidly approaching, and AUM will be providing many opportunities for students to excel during this time. On Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., the annual “Professors N’ Pajamas” commenced in Taylor Center 221. This event combined fun with academics. Students were able to acquire the help they needed for any specific subject ranging from equations in calculus to verb conjugation in Spanish. In addition to academic help prizes, which ranged from gift cards to free housing, was be awarded throughout the night.

In addition to this event, the library will also begin to better accommodate students studying for finals by staying open later hours therefore allowing students to burn the midnight oil. Even if you’d rather be in the library during daytime hours, the Warhawk Academic Success Center is always available to help students thrive. Whichever route you chose to take can help ensure that failure is avoided when possible.

At times, though, even with the best foundation, failure can be unavoidable. So how do you bounce back? Many people believe that everyone should just keep moving forward, but not all problems can be solved with a positive attitude. There is no foolproof method of getting over failure. However, it’s not really something you need to “get over.” Society puts a huge emphasis on being successful at all times, and that is both unrealistic and exhausting. Failing is hard to deal with, but rock bottom can be a pretty solid foundation to rebuild on. To quote J.K. Rowling, “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you fail by default.”

By Deanna Chavez