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Winning Essay

Jennifer Fay
Bay Path College
Longmeadow, MA
(Instructor: Professor Brenda Hardin)

What is a Master Student?

College is a never ending sea of information. Anyone can float in it, but only a master can carefully swim the depths to find its hidden secrets. Life is filled with waves; it is how a person chooses to ride those waves that make her a master. A master has learned how to lay her head back in the water and trust that she has the strength to float to the ends of the world. She has the power to control her destination in so many ways. Each student's destination may be different as well as their technique to get there; however, each student has developed a successful stroke in reaching her goal. A master student exemplifies all the characteristics of ability, curiosity, time management, and lastly but often most importantly, self-assurance.

Each student has the ability to accomplish her goals. A master student has effectively found a way to cultivate her ability to positively reflect that in which she strives to achieve. She does not have to be the greatest at each task; however, a master student has learned that by using all her capabilities there are ways to achieve to the highest degree without always being the superlative. Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "To be what we are, and to be what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life." A master student knows the value of herself and her work, and she also know that she has the ability to do or become whatever it is she desires.

Along with ability comes a need for curiosity, a thirst for knowledge. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T.S. Eliot. A master student realizes that endless possibilities lie open to her as long as she has the curiosity to risk going too far. A personal interest in pursuing the unknown, digging deeper, and taking that one extra step makes the difference between an ordinary student and a master student. A master student has a desire to learn and absorb, and to find the essence that exists in the world around her. Every master also knows that time is not limitless and that the quest for knowledge is retained in a lifetime.

A master student has realized that although ability can be cultivated and curiosity endless, time must be managed. She has learned that she must prioritize and make the most of each moment of her day. A master student is a person who is always busy with one too many tasks but if asked will be the first to complete ten more. She will manage her time wisely and fulfill each task with precision and ease. Excellent time management is what makes a master student a master; she has learned the art of finishing everything she needs to in order to reach her ultimate goal.

However, there is one more important piece to the master student's success: self- assurance. Vince Lombardi once said " the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." A master student has the self-assurance and willpower to bring her to the ends of the world and back. Will is an important aspect of master student. It is what drives her to do well and to pursue even her wildest dreams. She has the self-respect, assurance, and confidence to believe in herself.

A master student has gained all the successful tools for life and has the ability to maintain the highest level of learning. Potential is endless, creativity a must, and control of the seemingly uncontrollable a walk in the park; each of these things embodies the very nature of a master student. A master student has learned to successfully swim the depts. Of the endless sea of opportunity, to glide through the waves of knowledge, and wade through the test of time.