Finding Your Sunshine: Identify pillars of support to help achieve collegiate success

When I started going to college, I found that the subjects got a lot harder than in high school. I began to feel that I couldn’t pass, make good scores, or even finish all of my homework. But through it all my mom was always there to help me and held my hand when I needed it. I have found my sunshine through her.

My mom likes to tell me how much she believes in the quote, “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.” She never got the opportunity to finish her education, but pushes me to continue mine in order to accomplish my dreams. It is because of her that I feel I can do anything.  Whenever I need support I always turn to her because I know her words will soothe me.

While college can be a great time of finding yourself, it can also be a time of big challenges and stress. A little light shining in can help you keep moving forward. Whether it be a person or activity, there needs to be something that drives you and pushes you to be better. My mom always says that college is not easy, but nothing in this life is easy. Work hard and fight for what you believe in.

She also always said that I never need to change to please anyone. It is important that whatever you may choose to pursue doesn’t change you along the way. College is where you learn a lot, but you can get lost in the shuffle of things. Hold firm to your values and beliefs so you don’t lose your way.

I believe all college students need to feel supported. We have pressure to conform, change, or even give in to failure. We all need to feel that there is someone or something who can help and encourage us to keep going. It is imperative that you find what helps make you shine by putting you up instead of tearing you down. So if you ever find yourself discouraged, think about what keeps you going and don’t look back.

Pearson Students: Who or what is your sunshine? How does it encourage you? Share when you comment below!



Natalie Farran is a junior at the University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in Integrated Science with a minor in Biology. She is an honor student, as well as a member of the University of Michigan-Dearborn chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa. She has also begun preparing for nursing school. Natalie’s dream is to become a writer. She likes to read, write, and draw. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also speaks English, Italian, and Arabic.

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  1. Alisssar 10 months ago

    I am really so proud of you my precious Nataly ,our prolific writer,keep it up ,expecting more and more from you.You make us proud .Thanks for Pearson since they give us the chance to read such nice articles and provide creative young witers to become innovative and creative in tge future.

  2. Maya 10 months ago

    Good Luck Nata, you deserve the best ?!

  3. Erika 10 months ago

    Bravo e buona fortuna…. – Erika

  4. Gaia 10 months ago

    You don’t need luck. You got the skills! Your article was very interesting…keep going my dear

  5. Alex 10 months ago

    Good luck ??

  6. Roritto 10 months ago

    Wow!! That is super awesome! Congratulations!!!

  7. Natalie Farran 10 months ago

    I am really feel so proud and lucky because a great website like Pearson, accepted to publish my articles. I ‘m really honored and  thankful  for all pearson team members, thank you for all your support…

    Dr. G. K, you have no idea how important a role you play in shaping my research development, maybe we did not meet a lot, but those little encouragement words, means a lot to me. From you, Dr. G.k, I learned how to manage my time, work hard, believe in my dream, and to have hope…Thank you for being a great role model.

    Mrs. Mariam Bazzi, you inspire me to give my best. You are my rock, my best teacher, my friend, and my role model. Thank you for your love and care. You’re an amazing person, and I want you to know you made a meaningful impact on my life. You are my reason to success and keep going…Love you

    Mrs. Alissar Farran, to me you’re the world’s most influential person because the impact you have had on me will last forever. I appreciate you so much…Love you

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