Why It Matters: Motivating Success
Your first year in college is especially important. How will you maximize it for best advantage? Your greatest challenge may be balancing school, your family, and your job.
Welcome to this course on succeeding in college! You are here due to many life decisions and fortunate circumstances that bode well for your future. You are in good company.
Consider the following:
- An estimated 20.2 million students attended American colleges and universities in fall 2015.
- This year, colleges and universities are expected to award 952,000 associate’s degrees, 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, 802,000 master’s degrees, and 179,000 doctoral degrees.
- A college education has more return on investment for a graduate in the United States than in any other nation.
How will you maximize your time in college for best advantage? Your first year in college will be especially important. For many students, the first year is the most challenging because of major changes: new people in your life, new independence, new responsibilities, new subjects to study, and new disciplines to embrace. Your greatest new challenge may be balancing school, your family, and a job.
To help you navigate these changes and establish firm footing, we offer this college-success learning experience to guide you as you build on your current talents, skills, and interests to gain new ones.
As you create new skills and integrate them into your daily life in college, you are rewarded with success all the more. “Success doesn’t come to you . . . you go to it,” says Dr. Marva Collins, an American educator and civil rights activist. With these words Collins sets the stage for your college journey. Your success, however you define it, is ever flowing.
Enjoy this course on achieving success in college. Above all, stay motivated and celebrate your every accomplishment!
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