Few people begin college without positive motivations driving them forward. Beginning or restarting one’s education is seen mostly as a new chapter in life that can be explored and pursued with great energy and focus.
This general excitement is similarly felt by individuals who are drawing near to their graduation date. Upon graduation they will be able to pursue the career paths that they have chosen and begin the next phase of their lives with the confidence and power that come with a quality education.
But it is the middle ground where most students find the biggest struggles to stay motivated, driven, and purpose-filled. The dog days of school can drag on in an endless regimen of monotony, never ceasing, never yielding in its regular attempts to dilute the student into false security and apathy.
These are the danger zones of scholastic pursuit and they will come to all students, returning or otherwise. But returning students do have an advantage over those kids fresh from high school.
Returning students, like those that fill the class rooms of CollegeAmerica, come armed with the great aid of maturity and life skills. Responsibilities are a daily occurrence and obligation to our students, many of whom attend school while continuing to support a family through a fulltime job, and it is not surprising then that they can find the inner motivation to complete their various degrees and programs.
Finding the self-motivation to complete one’s schooling is a vital step in the process of education. Motivation to complete any task lies within one’s ability to remember why they started performing the task in the first place.
For example, in the case of a nursing administration student, the common reasons for why they entered the nursing education program include career fulfillment, livelihood improvement, and knowledge reaping. Similarly, for any student, the main reason they have entered school is to gain an education that will aid them land a lucrative job and improve their lives through stable finances.
By remembering the initial motivation behind entering school, a student will be able to aid themselves through the dark days that compile the middle ground of education. And by staying motivated during the tough days, a student will be able to find greater overall success in gaining their education.
Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for CollegeAmerica, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.