Family and Friends

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening…depending on when you are reading this.

As I write this post I am sitting on the train commuting into work Do you ever look at all the faces around you and wonder at the many stories to be told.

Anyway I am getting sidetracked. Today we are going to take a brief look into the next ingredient of the secret sauce to graduating college. Putting Family & Friends First.

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Tuesday I am going to be back with the next ingredient in the Secret Sauce to Graduating College. Till then check out this interesting web site that I stumbled across.  It is called My College Puzzle. I need to investigate it a little further but one of the pages had some fascinating facts on college. Like this fact: More than 40% of college students are over the age of 23.  I was 28 when I finally got my BA so I was most definitly part of that stat.

Ok till Tuesday. Stay True!

Welcome back! Or welcome for the first time if this is your first visit to Success Unexpected. We are glad you dropped by.

The phrase Success Unexpected comes from Thoreaus’ quote:

I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

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The service does come with a price tag. But the wonderful thing is a “majority of the subscription costs go directly to the school”. You can even nominate your Alma Mater to receive a donation. I love this idea. Tom Huchko provides a service that both inspires college students and gives financial support to some of our most cherished institutions. So if you love education and want to support not only college students but colleges themselves then make sure to visit Avenue to Success Quotes.

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The Spring Break Plan to College Graduation

Let’s quickly review what the most successful college students suggest as their 5 keys to graduation.

1] Identifying Yourself as a College Graduate

2] Friends and Family First

3] Power of Prioritization

4] Create a Schedule

5] Willing Work Ethic

In this installment of the Secret Sauce to Graduating College we are going to take an in-depth look at creating your personal identity as a college graduate.

I am sorry I have to be the one to break it to you but college is hard! There is no doubt about it. I have worked with several thousand college students and can say with great confidence, each them, at least once, usually more, thought seriously of quitting college altogether. Sadly about 50% of them did so. This is right in line with the national graduation rate according to researchers at the Council for Aid to Education. I am sure 50% of students don’t start college thinking, “What am I going to study? Shoot it doesn’t matter. I plan on dropping out anyway.”

The most important attribute those who graduate college cultivate is the attribute of seeing themselves as graduates before they even start. They have thought about their graduation day, have projected themselves forward to that event, and do not see themselves as anything but a person who has a college degree. In fact, the students who get this vision of themselves most clearly in their minds eye are the ones who have the most enjoyable and rewarding collegiate experience.

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Study Up!

Did you know that roughly 50% of all college students who start college never go on to finish? 50%! That is an alarming statistic. Having worked in higher education for several years I have contemplated on how students can avoid becoming a drop out statistic. In this post I am going to give you the secret sacue for getting the most out of your collegiate expereince and getting to graduation.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43 B.C. Cicero, one of ancient Rome’s greatest philosophers, once said that good men are always happy. This blog is dedicated to the ideal of good. Or in another word Happiness.

I have become convinced that one cannot “choose” to be happy. Happiness rather is a bi-product of our daily actions and decisions. We are happy when we are, in the words of Cicero, good.

So what is good? Great question, I am glad I asked.

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Time to Report

Report Card

Ok, it is time to report how I did this week. A quick note on how I am going to report my progress. As you can see below I simply copied and pasted my target list from the previous entry. To the right of each item I will comment and how well or how bad I did.

So let’s get to it!

  • Physical
    • Be ready to add 10lbs to my stair climb [I am ready to roll. Wish me luck]
    • Be able to do 50 pushups in a row [I did 49 tonight before my arms gave out. So close]
    • Complete the 0 bouldering route I have been working on and at least two 1 routes. Also attempt a 2. [I finished the 0 route on the first go. I was only able to complete one 1 route. And did not attempt a 2. That was a bit to ambitious]
  • Fun
    • Talk to Matt about setting up dinner with his Aunt to discuss summiting Mount Hood [Done. We are going to get together in a couple of weeks]
  • Emotional
    • Spend a saucy evening with my Wife [Failed. Need to make this happen this month. Sorry honey]
    • Post once to personal family blog [Done]
  • Financial
    • Have business web site 75% of the way completed [Failed. No comment other than I did not make the time to do this.]
  • Intellectual
    • Have “On the Good Life” 80% completed [I am about 75% completed. So close]
    • Have posted 2 posts to Success Unexpected [Failed]
    • Have posted 3 posts to Unintended Consequences [Did not happen. Unintended Consequences is a blog for me to explore my political philosophies.]
  • Spiritual
    • Have read lesson prior to Saturday[Failed. But I did deliver what I thought was a strong lesson today.]

Ok so there you have it. Not so shabby but not out of this world great either. Now onto this week, but for that you will have to read my next post, which will be up tomorrow.

Good night and God Bless.