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12 Motivational Quotes Every College Student Needs to Read

Whether you’re graduating in May or you’re at the beginning of your college journey, every person could use a little motivation to keep working hard this semester and every day after.

If you’re like me, then you love it when you find the perfect quote that speaks to exactly what you’re feeling or going through in that moment.

I want to share several quotes that have inspired me to strive for both happiness and success in life. I hope they do the same for you!


1. “The best advice I’ve ever received: ‘no one else knows what they are doing either.” –Charles Bukowski


2. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


3. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” –Stephen King


4. “Nothing will work unless you do.” –Maya Angelou


5. Unknown:


6. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” –Walt Disney


7. “Trust you are exactly where you need to be.” –Walt Whitman


8. Denzel Washington: 


​9. “Sometimes a dream almost whispers… it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear. ” –Steven Spielberg


10. “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lost it.” –Robin Williams


11. Stephanie Melish:

12. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." –Nelson Mandela 


Your life and many successes will always be different from someone else’s; do not compare yourself to other people. Take it all one day at a time, Collegiettes, and never lose sight of the person you are striving your best to be!

Avid reader. Aspiring author. Christian. Future teacher. Horror film enthusiast. Marvel nerd. These are just a few of the things that describe Alex. She is a Junior English major and educational studies minor at Winthrop University. She aspires to teach high school English until she becomes a successful, published author of fiction novels! She loves reading anything by Stephen King, spending time with her family and her boyfriend, growing closer to the Lord, and adding to her ever-growing collection of PopFunko figures. Head over to Instagram and follow her extraordinary adventures! (@booknerd_aj)
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