Despite regular battles with anxiety, homesickness and rapidly deteriorating self-esteem I have managed to find the arkenstone of every young adult’s existence - motivation. Below are the steps that I took to reach that point:
- 2 heaped tablespoons of reality
- 5 teaspoons of courage
- A splash of encouragement
- 10 finely chopped university websites
- A notebook and pen
Preparation time: 30 days
Cooking time: 60 minutes
- Slowly build-up a jar full of reality, you will eventually only need to use a bit of this component (2 heaped tbsps to be exact). While doing this, ensure that you are also increasing your stocks of courage and encouragement. These three components, though simple at first sight, take the longest time to fully develop their intensity to bring you to a point where it is possible to execute your final dish. Time needed on this step varies, it took me approximately a month but it might take more or less, depending on numerous factors including prior experiences, advice, levels of independence, mental health and so on.
- Once you have the above prepared, all you need to do is find a spot (levels of silence to taste) and have a list of 10 (or more) university websites already opened to the ‘degree programme list’ page. Go through them all and find something that catches your fancy, if anything. This process takes up to 30 minutes, until you will find one or more interesting options cropping up.
- Jot them down on the notebook and pen that you have with you. Start writing down thoughts, pros and cons lists, all the possible details from tuition fees to notable faculty members.
- Bask in the glory of having finished the above.
The above recipe will guarantee some results, in my case largely positive. As the process is relative, so are the results, and the outcome I was left with is an Masters of Global Affairs and Business Management at the University of Toronto. 2 years, a tuition fee that could make a middle-income family of 4 weep and a scholarship (or 10) to aim for. Oh, and some motivation to boot.
Thus starts the journey to a Masters Degree. It begins with finding motivation.