I’m often asked what the secret is to being successful
in college. What is the best way to handle relationships,
responsibilities, and financial needs while trying to answer
the age-old question of what do I want to do with the rest
of my life. It can be done! The secret is to steer a straight
course and a little guidance can go a long way.
Writer Joe Rodriguez got my attention recently with an
article he wrote about the keys to college success. He
had some great suggestions, let me share a few:
Be a total student. Even if you live at home or have to
work part time, feel and think like a full-time student
who lives on campus. Study is the highest priority. Hang
out more on campus and less with friends who aren’t
Fight loneliness, homesickness, and alienation. If you’re
feeling blue, do as E.T. did – phone home. Seek out
other students with similar interests. Joining a club or
student organization is a great connecting point!
Get to know students of different backgrounds. Don’t
isolate yourself. Success comes to those who embrace change.
Remember where you came from. This is important. The love
and support you received from your family, teachers, and
community are your source of strength.
I would add the importance of being connected to
your faith community to find spiritual strength.
churches, temples, and synagogues are eager
to welcome you. Let me know if you have questions.
Encourage one another to keep going and have
a great semester!