New Year's Resolutions and Your Education
‘Tis the season for New Year's Resolutions. If you watch television for more than ten minutes at a time, you’ll likely be bombarded with a barrage of advertisements for programs promising to make your weight loss goals a reality. If you don’t need to lose weight, maybe you need assistance in quitting smoking. There are plenty of products on the market to help with this as well, and you’ll find that they’re suddenly being shoved right in your face.
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 the end of January, 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 Argosy University. 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!