The Tenacity of a Bulldog

The bulldogs are known for their tenacity. They never let go. This can be likened to postgraduate life. A common trait with successful postgraduate students is tenacity – the capacity to be committed to your goals without giving up in the face of challenges.

The brilliance of the undergraduate experience is not enough in graduate school. Postgraduate study demands more than brilliance. The student that wants to excel in graduate school needs to be dogged and be willing to go the extra mile in the pursuit of his/her goals. Your endurance and stress level will be tested and stretched like never before. So expect it and prepare for it. You know Billy Ocean was right when he said “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” On your postgraduate journey, you will need to get going when the going gets tough. That’s the trait that distinguishes you from the rest of the pack.

Looking over the years I have been on this journey, more than anything else, my doggedness has kept me going. There will always be “opportunities” to give up along the way. But you must assure yourself that it’s worth going on with your dream of excelling in graduate school. Don’t allow the challenges that will cross (or have crossed) your path discourage you. Rather let such a challenge become a stepping stone towards the goals of your postgraduate life.

I tell you what; you will smile at the end of the day if you don’t give up.

All the best with your studies,


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