Finding Your Glass Float
Early in the morning as the sun is just starting to rise, you will find beachcombers walking in the misty cold on the rugged beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Many interesting things wash up on the beach—driftwood, plastic trash from ships, shells, and so on. The greatest treasure a beachcomber might find is a glass ball.
These glass spheres are fishing floats.1 Traditional Japanese fishers weave the sealed glass spheres along the edges of their fishing nets to float the net. There are many sizes of the floats from a baseball to a basketball depending on the kind of fish being netted and the size and weight of the net.
From time to time, one of the floats will work free from the net. The ocean currents push the floats up past the coast of Russia and then down past Alaska and Canada to end up on the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. To reach those beaches, the float needed to survive the pounding waves and avoid all the other beaches that came before. As you can imagine, the floats are quite rare if found this way.
As a Stevens-Henager College student, you are a treasure both because what you are accomplishing is rare and because it involves thriving under pressure. If you’re like I was, you started school with great expectations and it is easy to dream of graduation and the great job to follow.
Sometimes there are courses that are less than thrilling, instructors who seem to have a great talent for putting students to sleep, or a barrage of activities outside school that seem to require your attention more than class. It can be painful to tell a child you’ll miss a school play because you have to take a test or the reverse, to miss an important lecture because that school play really matters.
Do not let the distractions of day-to-day life discourage you or derail your education. Keep us aware of what is going on in your life and we will help you find solutions to challenges you might face.
The day you receive your diploma is an amazing day. I remember fondly the day I finally received my bachelor’s degree. I kept thinking someone was going to show up and tell me there had been a mistake. It seemed like I had just started and it seemed so unreal. My degree3 has led to a better career, better pay, and a better life for my family and me. I am confident you could have a similar experience.
Remember, the prized Japanese fishing float is the one that survives the storms and arrives safely to the final destination. You can survive the storms and reach your final destination. You’ll also realize the amazing value you have added to the quality of your life when you succeed.
About the Author
David Cowsert is the Director of Curriculum Development Online for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education. He has a bachelor’s degree in community development and a master’s in publishing. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in professional communication. His area of specialization is optimizing media experiences for individuals with disadvantages. In addition to more than 12 years in publishing and graphic design, David has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and various government bodies on communication issues for disadvantaged populations. You can catch his insights on graphic design and visual information optimization on Twitter @DavidCowsert and on his blog.