24 Feb 2012
All students have a concept of what it means to be personally responsible. If asked they can each spout out how they define responsibility and you would have as many variations as you have students. There will be an overwhelming amount of similarity in most all the responses. As varied as the answers, one truth exists: Every student will choose how much or how little responsibility they will accept for their academic success. Although academic success may come easily to some students, each student is responsible for their level of success because we each own the choices we make and the consequences of every action we take.
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Hume (2011) stated, “Visualize yourself achieving the goal. The greater the sensory involvement, the more real the visualization, so make use of emotions and all five senses when creating your visualization.” (p. 9)
As we set the goal, can we see ourselves walking a stage to receive a diploma? This long term goal needs to have an end date in mind. That can be to complete that goal in two years or ten years. Once this long term goal is set and a timeline is established, we need to break this into smaller pieces.
These short term goals can be measured in terms of days, weeks or months. They give us milestones that will guide us to the end. These goals need to be set and be realistic. If we set goals that we know we cannot achieve then we are setting ourselves up for failure. Your short term goals are the equivalent of learning to crawl, then stand, then walk and finally to run. We now have an established timeline with milestones to measure our success. Now we have to deal with the other demands that we each face that can derail us from accomplishing our end goal.
Life takes us on a new adventure every day. We are pushed and pulled into different directions based on life circumstances and what has our attention at the moment. If we do not – SQUIRREL -establish priorities for academics then our goal to complete college may never come to fruition. These distractions to our routine are inevitable. How we place them in our priorities is important to staying on track. As the character Doug from the...