Almost all the pressures that Zinnser stated are pressures I experience on an everyday basis; I’m sure there would be a lot of students that would agree. I deal with economic pressure because I just graduated with an associate’s degree in applied sciences, so I’m paying off those loans. I’m in Stonybrook trying to get my bachelor’s degree AND I’m trying to move forward and go to school for veterinary medicine. I’m working at a job that doesn’t pay much so it’s pretty difficult to try and pay off loans along with other expenses. My parents are helping a lot but they can’t help pay for everything throughout my college career. I’m trying to finish my bachelors around a year so that’s another type of pressure I’m feeling.
I’m going through parental pressure because I’m trying to live up to my parents expectations. They expect so much from me, especially since I get good grades. However, I don’t get good grades because I’m “naturally” smart; I get good grades because I literally study until I breathe my last breath. They expect nothing less than for me to go to veterinary school and become a veterinarian. They said that all they want is for me to be happy, but I know in the back of their minds they expect me to become a veterinarian.
When it comes to self-induced pressure, I’m definitely my own worst critic. I judge myself so much and I make myself work hard so I can live to, not only what my parents expect from me, but from what I expect from myself. I make myself study hard and I push myself to the point of anxiety and stress. I do this to myself because I expect good grades, and I want to be a successful person.
The advice he gives is that not every path a person takes is mapped out perfectly. There are going to be tough turns, obstacles, and maybe even shortcuts. I agree with his advice because, even though people want everything planned perfectly, we can’t tell our future; if we can, that would only make life easy. As we walk through the paths of our lives, we figure things out as we go along and there may be changes and maybe even hurdles along the way. We can’t expect the yellow-brick road to lead us to some wizard that will give us what we desire. We have to make our own paths and take everything life throws out at us.