Why Positivity Matters

Today was my last day of class as an undergraduate student at UNC. While the thought of graduating is both exciting and slightly terrifying, I’m ready to take on the next chapter of my life.

As many of my friends are preparing for postgrad and talking about their upcoming jobs and grad school plans, I’ve been stressing at the thought of not having any plans after graduation. In a perfect world, everyone would graduate from college and start their dream job, but let’s face it, that’s not how the real world works.

After months of pure stress, I finally came to the realization that this is my last year of college and I need to enjoy it. Instead of thinking of worst-case scenarios, I tried to remind myself to enjoy my last few weeks of college instead of spending them worrying about the future. In the end, a positive mindset will lead to positive results.

A few weeks ago in my Branding of Me class, my professor brought in a special guest to come speak to us. While this guest is actually a few years younger than us, he is wise beyond his years.

I’m guessing you’re one of the 10 million people who have seen this viral YouTube video. Apollos Hester was interviewed by TWC reporter following a shocking high school football game. After a slow start, Apollos’ team came back to win the game 42-41. His postgame interview is an inspirational masterpiece.

Apollos’ enthusiasm for life is not a persona for the camera, he was the same charismatic person in real life.

I highly recommend that you take the time to watch the 2.5 minute video, even if you’ve seen it before. Apollos basically describes that with hard work and dedication, you will be greeted with positive results, and if you are not, you should just continue to work hard to eventually achieve your goals.

My favorite line from the clip is “win or lose, we realized that we were gonna be alright.” Sometimes in life, you’re going to lose. Not everyone gets to make the winning play in their high school football game or scored the coveted job, but that does not take away value from who you are. The loses make the victories that much sweeter.

I’ll admit that it’s easy to get down sometimes, but being positive and working hard will pay off. Keep smiling.

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