Building Independence @ College
“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone” Orison Swett Marden
Often you area faced with having to make a tough decision about your future as a student. There is a point in the semester where you can decide to withdraw and preserve your transcript if you are not as successful as you would like. It is a stressful moment when you need to decide if I will be “Stepping Up” or “Stepping Down”. It is brave to make the decision to leave your program because it is not the right fit; it is also brave to stick it out. The most important thing is that it is your well thought out decision.
Questions to Ponder…
So, you are weeks into your semester and a real decision and plan needs to made to keep you going. Ask yourself…
- How am I going to make it through the times that you are overwhelmed or feeling like things are coming at me too fast to keep up?
- How will I be self directed in developing solutions and implementing them?
- What time of day am I most productive?
For the next few days…
Think about the times where you seem to be able to get everything done with ease, where it felt great to just work through everything that needed to be done. The times that you had to force yourself minimally to do important tasks like assignments, chapter reading or studying for tests. Also, think about the time of day that you are least effective. Once you have observed yourself for about a week and made note of your most effective times in the day, try to plan to study or get assignments done during those times and “play” when you are lower energy or less effective!
Work First; Play Later
I look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
Success Coach @ Mohawk College
Counsellor / Professor
The Square – C102/20 –Fennell Campus