Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The #1 question you need to ask yourself in college

"Any time you feel overwhelmed, there's a good chance that the culprit is a lack of clear priorities." - Darren Hardy in Entrepreneur Roller Coaster
Is college your priority?

Before you answer yes, think about it for a moment.

Look at your calendar. Where are you spending most of your time outside of class? 

College, especially community college, requires you to focus most of your time and energy on being successful in that environment, which requires so much more than just going to class and going home. My blog and book are overflowing with these "other" things to help you be successful in and after college, but none of it will do you much good if you haven't decided to give this college experience your all. 

I have yet to meet a single successful community college graduate who didn't give the experience their all
- no matter what very real barriers or constraints they had in their way. They just decided this would be their priority and then they focused all their energy towards that goal.

While it would be nice to just do college on the side, it often doesn't work that way. It requires a lot of you. But the good news is that the people who give their all to their community college experience also tend to be the people who are having the most fun. 

Think about your schedule and your current priorities. Is there something you know you should be doing on campus that you haven't done yet (e.g. meeting a professor, going to the tutoring center, checking out a club, going to the career center)? Is there something you are doing too much of that's getting in the way of you really making college your priority right now?

College costs money and you are a good investment, but only if you actually invest yourself into this experience wholeheartedly. Is this your priority? What dreams will getting this degree help you accomplish? Write out your thoughts and think seriously about a change you can make to ensure college is really a priority. 

Because if a college degree is something you want, then it must be. 

If you find you're having trouble with this, sit down with a career advisor, academic advisor, or trusted professor/mentor ASAP and talk about your current goals and priorities and ask for advice. Sometimes the best thing we can do to re-prioritize is just talk it out and ask for feedback.

You can do this!

"Lack of direction, not lack of time is the problem. We all have 24 hour days." - Zig Ziglar

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