Doing Well in College
Doing Well in College
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If you asked a cross section of students why they are in college, you would probably get a wide range
of responses. People go to college to educate and enrich themselves, to prepare for a specific career,
to please their friends or family, and for a number of other reasons. Whatever the reasons, just about
everyone hopes college will be a positive, worthwhile experience.
Many students, however, face obstacles to making the most of their time in college. Such students
come to feel that they
do the work required. But often their real problem is they
don’t know how
do the work. Making use of the following studying tips and advice will help you to take the fullest
possible advantage of all that college has to offer.
Having the Right Attitude
Your attitude must say, “I will do the work.” As the semester unfolds, you must attend classes and
complete assignments. When you hit crunch times, you must do the plain, hard work that college
demands. Some people take on the work and persist even when they hit snags and problems; others
don’t take on the work or don’t persist when things get rough. This inner commitment to getting the
work done is probably the single most important factor needed for success in college.
Doing the Work Despite Difficulties
Some people joke that college orientation—the day or so before the start of the first semester—lasts a
year or more for many students. The joke is all too often true. You may find that the first year of college
is a time of unsettling change and adjustment. You may start questioning long-accepted personal
values. You might begin thinking about career goals. You are in a new environment and must learn to
form new relationships. If you have been away from school for several years, or were never a serious
student in high school, you may have to spend a good deal of time developing effective study habits. In
addition, you may find that existing financial, personal, or family problems create even more stress
during this already anxious period in your life.
Invariably, the students who succeed, in spite of their difficulties, have determined to do the work. You
too, despite the worries and demands you may experience during a semester, must resolve to get the
work done. Otherwise you will lose valuable opportunities that may not come your way again.
Rather than trying to do the work, you may decide to drop a course or drop out of college for a
semester. Your decision may be exactly the right thing to do, but before taking such an important step,
be sure to talk to someone about your plans. At school you will find people to talk to—counselors,
advisers, teachers, and others—who can help you get a perspective on your situation. From time to
time, all of us need the insights into ourselves that we cannot possibly get alone, but that others can
Are You Avoiding the Work?