Answering the question, “What is a successful college student?” is one of the most important things every student needs to do.
Whether you are in high school, college, or a parent of a student, it is vital that you know the answer. Students, don’t answer it Friday night at 1 am. If you are thinking about it at 1 am that’s all well and good; but you’ll probably skew the results at that point.
Why is it so vital? Motivation and direction.
The single easiest way to derail your college career is to not know what you are doing there. If you are going just because it’s better than working at McDonald’s, you are probably going for the wrong reason, and will very likely end up back under the Golden Arches.
This question is so important that it’s the first big idea we cover in our Study Right Seminars. Your education is an opportunity – your success will determine what you do with that opportunity. Effective students and successful students make the most of it.
So how do we answer this question, how do we define the successful college student?
Successful college students make a difference.
Until someone proves me wrong, I’ll continue to hold that the most important element of a successful college student is his or her ability to make a difference. College is not just an exercise in self-actualization. It’s about becoming a person who can add more value to the rest of the world.
Because of this, being a successful college student is not just about making good grades. It’s about developing your character, your experience, your attitude as much as it is your competence. This will look different for everyone, but here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider what this might entail.
People who make the biggest difference know how to use their time well. A friend of mine gets more done in one week than most people do in an entire summer. He does it through excellent time management. College is the time when students should be developing those kinds of skills.
College was never meant to be the educational end point. It’s more of a shot in the arm than a destination. It’s meant to spring board you into a career or a life path where the real learning can take place. Yes, learning is important, but think starting block, not finish line.
Attitude of a Servant:
Every one of the people I admire most in my life are servants. Their attitude is others first. They exude generosity. They care more about helping others than taking care of themselves. Successful college students develop this attitude.
At StudyRight, we absolutely believe in the power of education. We want to help college students be successful.
But you can’t compartmentalize your life. Focus on being a successful person, and we can help you through our articles or simple study skills in our Study Right Seminars to ace the academic side of life.