Recognizing your Value

I’ve been really, really hard on myself for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, I cried when I got a single word wrong on a spelling test, ruining my perfect streak of perfect scores. I played baseball and softball growing up – probably the worst sports an extremely self-critical person can play. When something didn’t go my way on the field, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I cried in sixth grade again over a math test gone awry. I got a B. For better or for worse, Duke has softened some aspects of my self-perfectionism. If I beat myself up for every bad grade I got at this place, I’d look like I’d just left the boxing ring – and I don’t know how to box. But there are some thin

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