Many college students, unless you are "the lucky ones," have experienced the stress and burden of student loans. Thousands of dollars of student loans, often times. It can feel impossible to become motivated, and if you think about it too much, you find yourself so overwhelmed that you can seriously drive yourself crazy.
I have felt the same way through my journey with cancer. Overwhelmed is an understatement when trying to describe how I felt when I found out. There is so much of the unknown just lingering out there--truths that I would soon come to know. All I could do is hope and keep moving forward. For us college students, there is also a world filled with the unknown that awaits us upon graduation. There is no guarantee of success. Instead of being afraid or unsure, think about how strong this makes us. Think about how brave we are to face this reality.
In both cases, it is important to reflect on why you are in this unideal place. You don't have debt or an illness because you have failed. No one gets cancer because they have failed. In the case of student loans, you have debt because you decided to make something of yourself. You decided to educate yourself and open your eyes to new perspectives that you couldn't even dream about. And the same thing has happened for me--I didn't get to choose my situation, but I have grown so much nonetheless. As I have said before, sometimes I don't even recognize myself now compared to who I was before. You may say the same thing when looking at who you were as a high school senior. These transformations are simply amazing.
Just like when you are successful one day in your career, when I have my health back, we will never take this "normalcy" for granted. When you actually go through shit to get you to where you are, things aren't just "normal." They are a privilege that is often taken for granted because they are mistaken as normal. I truly believe that these hard times lead you to live a happier life.
There are so many situations that can be applied. Maybe you're friends have betrayed you and you are feeling alone. Maybe nothing you do at work is being recognized or appreciated. From any difficult time, you learn something about yourself, you change into a better person, and you will appreciate your life so much better when you get through it.
What I can tell you is that even when you are in an ocean of doubt, just breathe. Easier said than done, right? But try. Believe in yourself, and stand by the choices you have made thus far. In what ever career you end up with, you will be so thankful that you put yourself through college. One day those loans will be paid off, and you will look back with pride knowing that you got through it. You got yourself through it.