Finishing an Assignment

Have you ever finished an activity, stepped back, and just breathed a sigh of relief? Maybe it was something small and you didn’t have to do much anyways, but the act of finishing it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something?

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For me, because I am only in high school, I feel that most often with assignments. Even if my math teacher only assigned me five problems to do for the night, finishing them makes me feel like I have at least made a dent in my homework situation.

Starting multiple assignments and never bringing any of them to conclusion, doesn’t bring about the same feeling. I can be one problem away from finishing multiple assignments, but unless I type that last sentence or do that last calculation, I just won’t feel finished.

I have grown up with all of my actions being graded. Not in a mean, you’re-not-good-enough way, but as an incentive for me to work harder. My parents would look at my cleaning job and rate it. If I only got a C, I would have to go back and re clean until I got an A. I could sometimes pass with a B, but that was only when they felt generous. While I absolutely despised the system when I was failing it, now that I am getting older and gaining more responsibility, I am coming to be grateful for it. If it were not for this system, I wouldn’t push myself to be the best I can be. I would settle for average. My parents are the reason I feel like this when I complete an assignment.

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way when they are working on a project, but I promise you that you are not alone.


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