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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


What are your goals for this fall term? Perhaps you’re getting ready to graduate and start a career or go to graduate school. Or maybe you’re more focused on midterms or the big term paper due in three weeks.

Are you on track with your goals this semester? Reviewing your progress is an important element of success in life. If you’re not quite sure where you want to be, it’s worth considering that many of the same principles that create successful athletic performance can be applied to academic and social goals. We all know many of these principles, but we sometimes forget to use them.

One of the key principles is practice. Another is time management and commitment to working on your goals every day or every week. Successful students plan ahead and prepare for exams over time to increase longer-term memory. Athletes often apply extra exercises to weak areas, so you might need to do more homework for that math class or be more diligent in reviewing class and reading notes for a science lab.

Need help? Successful athletes use coaching to improve performance. Successful students seek advice from instructors, advisors, and tutoring services. Other habits of successful athletes include not being slowed down by extra baggage, using technology to enhance performance, anticipating change, and being opportunity oriented.

If you don’t like to set formal goals or use the word success, it’s still worth considering how your semester is going. Are you happy with school and your life as a student? Do you see yourself headed in a direction that makes sense to you? Are there things you wish were happening in your life, but you’re not sure how to make those things a reality?

I want to personally assure you that Hawai‘i Pacific University is committed to the success of each student.

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