Universitas Kristen Indonesia
January 2, 2019
Vision is the first thing a nation, an organization, or an individual should have to succeed in life. Without vision, a nation will be unrestrained and fall. Without vision, an organization will surely collapse. Without vision, an individual will live aimlessly and hopelessly. P.K. Bernard says, “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past”. In short, one’s vision determines his destiny. To live meaningfully and successfully, one must first have a mission. The Bible accentuates “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).
Should every student have a vision? Absolutely, yes! Vision is a person’s present aspiring mental picture of what he would like to achieve or reach in a specified time (mid-term or long-term) future. It is the dream he wants to make true in the future. Vision is the bridge which relates and guides one to transform his present and future. For a student, learning in a college is the best way to develop the attitude, skills, and knowledge he needs to achieve his dream. If he does not optimize the opportunities provided by his college life, he will fail to reach the dream.
Every student should have a vision because it provides him a full understanding of the purposes of his learning and never-ending energy to keep on achieving his dream. Like a visionary traveler who knows where to go and is sure how to arrive there, a student with a vision knows what to achieve through his learning and has the determination to overcome every difficulty in his study. A student with a vision is like a traveler who believes his destination is so wonderful that it is worth achieving by overcoming all obstacles along the journey to get there. He always has the courage to meet any challenge and never lacks of the vitality that makes him feel alive. Whenever obstacles arise, he enthusiastically tries his best to overcome. He never gets rid of ascending, descending crooked paths because he knows that by keeping on going through difficulties will make him stronger.
Are you a student with the quality of the visionary traveler? Do you believe your college life will make you arrive at a wonderful future? Do you have the vitality that makes you feel alive and enjoy your learning? Have you been enthusiastically doing your best to overcome all the obstacles you encounter in your study? Do you persistently struggle in the process of mastering your learning topics? If you cannot reply with a confident “Yes” to each of these questions, you must take time to create a clear vision today. Tomorrow may be too late. Remember: A student without a vision is a person without a future! (January 2, 2019)