Monday Series #23 – Patience pays off

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New day, new opportunity. New Monday, new Monday story.

This week we have one of my closest friends here in Ankara. Her name is Sevim Ocak and she is also a third year student of PR in Ankara University. This beautiful girl is one of those pure souls, incredibly generous, kind and helpful. She is definitely a hard-worker with a stunning smile. I met her on the very first day of uni, by accident (like, literally). And it is one of the things I’m happy I did, even though I didn’t do it intentionally. I could write a lot more about her, but this is a post on her story, so let’s see what she had to say!




”Every once in a while there are bad situations in everyone’s life. In mine as well. The important thing in these situations is how we handle them. Sometimes we manage to win the battle and sometimes we don’t. It is the moments we don’t that make us feel bad. We feel low. Unhappy.

I remember the period of preparation for my YGS¹ exam. Just like all students, I was dreaming of getting in my dream university, studying something I love. And it all came down to those two hours of the exam. Just like today’s high-school students are these days, I was extremely stressed. It was my senior year in high school and I was doing both my internship and going to school at the same time. It was a confusing period; I was both happy and excited for my high-school graduation that was coming and anxious about the university entrance exam. I felt this responsibility towards both my parents and myself. I needed to do well on the exam. However, my internship’s working hours were from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., so I didn’t really have time for systematic studying. I took the exam and of course the results weren’t shocking. After advising few of my teachers, they persuaded me to continue preparing for another year.

I had a zillion questions in my head. Was I really capable of handling all that stress for a whole another year? I thought about it a lot and in the end figured out I didn’t really have any other choice. Patience and prayers were my keys to surviving another very hard year. I felt unbelievably sad and tired afterwards though. There was only one thing I felt lucky for: my mum and her motivational words. ‘’You do your best. If it happens, it happens. Don’t forget your health is the most important’’ she would say. She kept calming me down. She is the reason I managed to cope with all that stress. She helped me overcome all the frightening reality of the world. Then, the exam day came and my stress level was on its peak. But my conscience was clear. I knew I did my best. And it paid off. Once again I realized you have to work hard in order to get what you want.

And when it comes to Mondays. Just like many other people, I too have a problem with getting up from my warm bed and entering the reality of intensive working weeks. So how do I cope with the it? Well, the first thing I do in the mornings is talk to my mum. That helps a lot. Then, there is also the fact that with every new day comes new opportunity. And the gratefulness I feel for waking up as a healthy human being. All these help me remember how this Monday syndrome is just something I make up in my mind. Thinking of this as a syndrome is just a decision we make on our own. So, I make the decision not to think that way. This allows me to see Mondays as an opportunity for doing new things, meeting new people, going to new places. I try to remind myself of this every Sunday evening. And it really helps me.

I hope everyone has very nice week!”


*YGS (Undergraduate Placement Examination) is a standardized multiple choice test for the admission to higher education in Turkey. It is the only way to enter a university within the Turkish education system. It is applied once a year to all senior students in the country (2.255.386 student entered in 2016). Yes, you read the number right.



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