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“Not just about the marks you get, but the marks you make”

By Nicole Teplin, third-year Con-Ed Psych/Religious Studies student

There is such a heavy emphasis placed on the grades you get in university. We strive for perfection and are disappointed when our marks do not reflect the effort we put in. The pressure to do well in school can come from our parents, professors, peers, and sometimes our worst critic is ourselves!

Although marks are certainly important, they are not all that matter. There are other aspects of your university career that are arguably just as important, if not more! It is believed that people do not regret the things they have done, but regret the things they did not do when they had the chance. It is important to make the most of your university experience because it will be over before you know it and you do not want to leave with any regrets. There are many ways to make your time at Queen’s count. Take the initiative to broaden your horizons and push yourself to be the absolute best version of yourself. You can do this by taking on new learning opportunities and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Join that intramural team or attend that conference! It will also improve your university experience to get involved in a variety of ways.

You have the power to make a difference by simply joining a club that interests you or starting your own if you do not feel connected to an existing club on campus. This is a great way to experience personal growth and pursue your passions, as well as meet others who have similar interests to you. If you take advantage of all of the opportunities that Queen’s has to offer, you will leave feeling accomplished and have no regrets upon graduating. Use your time at university to explore your passions and gain experience in a variety of areas. Remember that you get what you put in and it is never too late to get involved. Queen’s has a lot to offer you, but you also have a lot to offer it, so show this place what you are made of and let your voice be heard.

So, how will you make your mark?


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