Viola Li

When I was Skyping with my Dad one night, I complained to him about the lack of time. And he replied to me, “You are short of time because you waste precious minutes on complaints and anxiety.”
Immediately I recognized that, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always do something more.
Three years ago, I came to RHP. With much curiosity and passion in mind, I realized there are so many differences between school in China and Rolling Hills Prep. Instead of going home at 8pm after school in China, here I am dismissed at 3:30 every day and then do whatever I like. However, more time away from studying led to my indolence and eventually to procrastination. During my freshman year, I could always finish my homework in thirty minutes. Because of that, I put off doing my homework until Sunday night. That strategy may have worked for me for the first two years, but as my classes got harder, I felt overstressed, especially when I could not balance the class work and college applications due to the lack of time.
This year procrastination has really caused me anxiety. I applied to more than ten colleges, but as I didn’t manage my time properly, everything was due at the same time. With four days to go, I had five essays to start on. Meanwhile, I also had my big English paper to write. With all the anxiety in mind, I had no idea how to even finish my application. The closer to the deadline, the more disordered my mind became. I regretted not starting earlier.
Lack of time is just the excuse for my negligence of every single minute. And I believe that the line that separates success and failure can be expressed in five words, “There is not enough time.” In fact, I do have the same number of hours per day as Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson did. But I have never touched upon the real meaning of life to seize and enjoy every minute. Time is the most valuable of all our possessions; once I make full use of every moment, I believe my worries will be gradually be cut down to nothing. Spending time on complaining solves nothing.
It is similar to an experiment about filling the jar. If you place a dozen fist-sized rocks and a bucket of gravel into a jar, there is still space for sand and water between the rock and gravel.
Whenever I feel the temptation to procrastinate in the future, I will tell myself, “Seize the day, make every moment count.”

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San Pedro, CA 90732

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Rolling Hills Prep School prides itself on being a forward-looking, academically rigorous college-prep school with a soul. Every day we provide our diverse student body a high-powered traditional curriculum combined with stimulating and innovative teaching techniques both inside and outside the classroom because we believe that success in college and life is best attained by equipping our students with disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies and creative spirits. RHP is a private, coeducational day school for grades 6-12, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, CA.

Renaissance, our sister school, believes that bright students who learn differently can rise to great heights when they become empowered and confident. Visit the Renaissance website.