It’s definitely harder to find motivation as a university student, as the steps to reach my goals seem less defined to me. Of course you can say ‘well, you should aim for a first or 2.1 and work towards getting that’, which I try to. But when I was in secondary school, my goal was to get into Oxford, and I’d been motivated by this since I was about 14. I could see, to a certain degree, the exact steps I needed to take to do it: I needed to excel in my exams, I needed to show a passion for literature and work on improving my knowledge and proficiency. Getting into Oxford was one of the hardest things I have done in my life, but I could see exactly how I *could* do it.
Now I’ve reached the stage in life where it’s harder to see a route to go down. As an Arts student, it’s not as simple as ‘complete your degree, go into a profession’. There are many different, winding paths to success, so many options, and all very daunting in their nature. I am scared of failure, and this often stops me taking the first few necessary steps.