It’s Okay. You Don’t Have to Love School.

You’ve probably heard this old saying: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Well, okay. But what if your “work” is being a student? And what if you don’t love it? What if you don’t even like it?

Don’t worry: It’s actually okay to not be in love with school. We’re all wired differently. Some people are built to love academic life, and some of us just aren’t.

The important thing to remember? The extent to which you do or do not love school has nothing to do with how smart you are. And, it has no bearing on how successful you’ll be.

Trying and Growing

Here at Crafting Scholars, we believe in encouraging students to walk their own path and be true to themselves — so if you don’t love school, you don’t love school. That’s fine! You don’t need to pretend to be something or someone you’re not.

The good news is that you can still grow and develop as a person, and set yourself up for a successful life. All you have to do is go to school every day, get through it, and make an effort. Try your best. You may not be enthusiastic about academics, but you’ll definitely learn a lot about discipline, self-motivation, and pushing yourself even when you’re not necessarily having fun.

In other words: Going to school and really investing in it — even on the days you really don’t want to — can be good for you.

A Checklist for People Who Don’t Love School

One way you can feel a little better about things is to subtly reorient your goals. Stop making yourself try to love school, or to become a type-A perfectionist. Instead, ask yourself these questions:

– Are you showing up every day, and soaking up as much information as you can?

– Are you thinking critically about the skills and information that might actually be useful to you one day?

– Do you have other activities or hobbies that you’re pursuing with passion?

– Are you honestly doing the best you can to engage with the material?

– Are you discovering your own learning style, and figuring out what motivates you?

– Are you thankful for the opportunity for an education, even if you don’t necessarily enjoy it?

– Are you developing practical plans to get the most out of the experience — such as enlisting a tutor?

If you can answer yes to all of those questions, then don’t sweat the other stuff. So what if you’re not enthusiastic about school? Being willing to show up and do your best — even when you don’t like it — actually speaks highly of your character and your commitment.

And remember: Even those who don’t love school can do well. Sometimes, working with a tutoring service can help enhance your school experience. Reach out to Crafting Scholars to learn more about tailored academic solutions.