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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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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.

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Can you believe the month of Jan is almost over? 2008 is 1/12th completed! Like the Steve Miller Band once said ” Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin – into the future“. But seriously will someone please slow down this ride. It keeps picking up speed the older I get.

Realizing that the month of Jan is almost over is creating a bit of urgency in me. I do feel like I am making forward progress on my goals, but I am not sure if I am making that progress quick enough. Also, some of my goals are getting more attention than others.


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I clearly remember the first day in my algebra class when I boldly/smugly asked the teacher what most of the kids in the classroom were mumbling under their breath. “Why do we have to learn this stuff? When am I ever going to use a+b=c in real life”.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that the formula applies directly to weight loss. “What? How? How does a+b=c apply to weight loss”, I can hear you asking. (more…)

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Thinking Man
 Photo Credit: natashascafe.com

Can you believe it? Already the end of the second week of this new year. So let’s do a quick check-in to see how I am doin’ on My Direction. (more…)

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Rocky Stream
Photo By: Kristian j. Olsen

I don’t know about you, but some of my best thinking happens while I am exercising.

Today I decided I would take half of my lunch and head outside to get some exercise. While I was running stairs I started thinking about commitment. In my line of work I get the opportunity to support people in getting the most out of their educational experience. My colleagues and I often get frustrated when students end up dropping out, often due to a lack of commitment. But is that why they drop out? Is it due to a lack of commitment or is it due to misplaced commitment.


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