by Ilya Wankowski an instructor at Oracle Charter School in Buffalo, NY
[su_pullquote]“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results”
It is difficult to talk about commitment without mentioning sports or cliches like “give it your all,” “practice makes perfect”, or “giving 110%”. It is definitely true that in making a commitment to a team or a project you should give it your all and not take that commitment lightly.
But, another side of commitment exists that seems to get overlooked, a quieter commitment, the commitment to the self.
For those of you approaching your high school graduation, congratulations on the commitment you showed to something so important. Think about how you got here. It wasn’t a commitment of an hour or a sports season, your commitment was arguably for the past 12 years. Think about the early mornings to be on time, and the work involved to understand and pass concepts that were difficult. No class can be passed just by sitting in a seat. Why did you keep coming back day-after-day and year-after-year? Commitment. You made a commitment to graduate from high school. You put in the work and the effort. It all had to come from you.
There’s only one way I know of to honor a commitment, and that’s through work. In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad writes “I don’t like work–no man does–but I like what is in the work–the chance to find yourself.” By staying with a commitment, in following it through to the end no matter how tough or hard it might be, your character is revealed. Making a commitment “means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you” (Anonymous).
So as the school year is coming to a close, I acknowledge your high school success, and congratulate you for the new commitments you are making to your future as you head off to college. Congratulations and stay committed to yourself.
Oracle Charter high school is one of the high schools in Buffalo, NY. Oracle is committed to expanding the horizons of its college bound students and enriching their world view.