In This New Year, Resolve to Prioritize Your Education) 1/23/2012 <p>We're nearly a month into 2012, a time when enthusiasm for New Year's resolutions begins to wane. http://www.argosy.edu/our-community/blog/in-this-new-year-resolve-to-prioritize-your-education

In This New Year, Resolve to Prioritize Your Education

We're nearly a month into 2012, a time when enthusiasm for New Year's resolutions begins to wane. While New Year's Resolutions seem like a brilliant idea on the surface, most of us have given up within the first month of trying, so that by this time, everything is basically back to “normal.” This most likely occurs due to unrealistic expectations we have of ourselves. As 2011 rolls into 2012, we think we suddenly have super powers that will help us to achieve lofty goals where we have failed in the past.

But now we’re getting to the heart of the issue: those lofty goals. Should we really expect ourselves to go from sitting on the couch all day to running a 5K three times a week? Or to move from smoking a pack of cigarettes a day to quitting cold turkey, with no desire to light up again, on January 1st? Of course, this may work for some people, but for the majority of us, slow and steady wins the race—or, at the very least, keeps those pesky New Year's Resolutions in check.

The same principle can be applied to your studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. Perhaps you’ve resolved to be a better overall student this year, but you can’t go from making C’s and B’s to A’s without a plan in place. Instead, it’s best to break it down into smaller, more manageable goals that help you work toward your overall goal, including being more organized by keeping a calendar of important assignments and commitments, devoting more time to your studies, and making use of the resources you have available to you such as tutoring and the online library.

Happy 2012! With planning and dedication, you can help to make it one of your best years yet!

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