Rock Bottom: How to Move Past Unexpected News

By Ashley Logan on November 14, 2017

We’ve all hit bottom before. Just a few weeks ago I learned that I wouldn’t be graduating on time like the rest of my 2018 class and the news was devastating. Until that day I thought that with my four years of blood, sweat, and Moodle quizzes, I’d surely be able to graduate on time. This unexpected news made me really anxious. Maybe I’m overly dramatic but it felt like I stepped off of the bus and got stuck at Rock Bottom, just like SpongeBob.

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Eventually, Spongebob was able to make his way out of Rock Bottom and back to the solace that was Bikini Bottom. My Bikini Bottom would be peace of mind. Soon after stressing myself into oblivion, crying, and contemplating my future I was able to accept the news that I had a lot more work to do.

Accepting the Unexpected.

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They always say acceptance is the first step to healing. In many instances, this is the beginning of something new, and something better. The acceptance of the news about my graduation allowed me to come up with a plan of action, and actually become more serious about my schooling.

I won’t lie and say that I don’t slip up a lot when it comes to my assignments and staying on top of things. But I realized that instead of psyching myself out and becoming obsessed with the idea of failure, its okay to fall a little behind.

Guidance and Plan of Action

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Freshly done with sulking and then accepting the news, I was able to sit back and come up with a plan of action. This is where other people can come into the picture and provide the guidance and support that you may really need. I spoke with my parents, friends, and professors about the situation so that I could see it from more perspectives than my own.

Brainstorming and conversing led to me figuring out how I would tackle the rest of my senior year. The journey to graduation won’t go how I planned, but I will still graduate. I know that, initially, it’s tough to hear bad news, but just like other hardships this too shall pass.


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