“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”. ~ Bill Cosby
It’s your second year in college. What opportunities await you? What decisions will you need to make? What goals would you like to achieve?
These are a few questions that you might be asking yourself as you begin your second year in college. For some, this may be an exciting opportunity to learn and develop; while for others, it might be filled with uncertainty and anxiety due to decisions about your major, your future career, and student organizations of interest. Here are three (3) easy steps you can take to successfully maneuver through your collegiate experience and relieve some anxiety related to decision-making:
Step 1: Reflect: The importance of reflection is often forgotten in the stir of the day. However, I suggest that in order to be successful at Central Michigan University, you take the opportunity to reflect on your past experiences and practices. By taking the time to consider what did and did not work best, you are well on your way to determining what needs to be done in order to increase success for the year.
According to George Edward Woodberry: “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure”. If you live by this quote, you will always learn from any defeat and will persevere through any challenging journey, like: college. Remember, nothing beats a failure, but a try!
Step 2: Remain Academically and Professionally Motivated: At times, social gatherings, television, and absolutely nothing (idle time) have the ability to distract you from completing your academic or professional work. While it is very important to maintain a healthy academic and social balance, you must not allow yourself to procrastinate.
Procrastination can be the biggest hindrance in fulfilling tasks to the best of your ability and in a timely fashion. Often times we don’t want to complete or attempt certain tasks because they seem too time-consuming or difficult, but a little time management can be helpful in this situation.
For example, if you are assigned a lengthy reading, attempt to break it up into smaller sections (5-10 pages a day for each class) or specify a day of the week that you will read for each class. Remaining connected with your academic and professional atmosphere will also be helpful in maintaining motivation throughout the semester. Therefore, make sure you utilize your resources, such as attending the library and assistance centers, meet with professors, and seek out tutors when necessary. Maintaining motivation and being persistent can place you in the direction of success.
Step 3: Get Involved: As mentioned before, it is very important to maintain a healthy academic, professional, and social balance. Therefore, during college, you should take the time to get involved in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, and school-sponsored programs or events. Another opportunity that could enhance your collegiate experience includes participating in a study abroad program. There are so many benefits to studying abroad, plus studying abroad is an extension of your studies at Central Michigan University. Your time abroad should be an integrated part of your 4, 4 ½ or 5-year undergraduate academic plan (depending on your major). Attending or participating in any of these events could serve as a great way to meet new people, contribute to campus life, and increase in your global awareness. Getting involved and finding an academic, social, and professional balance may enhance your overall collegiate experience.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to ensure not only a successful second year, but also a successful time while at Central Michigan University.
Best of luck in your college experience! If you ever feel you need someone to motivate you, just let us know. We know you can do it!
For more information regarding Multicultural Academic Student Services at Central Michigan University, call 989-774-3945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Amber Johnson, Assistant Director of Multicultural Academic Student Services at Central Michigan University, contributed significantly to this post)