Most of you are like me. I went to college straight out of high school just to find out I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. After a year or two of dropping classes or failing courses you decided to drop out of college and return indefinitely. I’m going to give you 4 key steps that I used to help me go back to school and earn my degree:
Make getting your degree top priority
I can’t say this enough. If you don’t make getting your degree a top priority, you won’t get your degree. I know what you’re thinking; maybe you have kids to provide for or a job that’s prohibiting you to go back to school. Listen, if you’re not willing to sacrifice for the betterment of yourself and/or your family you will continue to go through a cycle of stagnation. I know that’s tough to hear but it’s true. When I decided to go back to school I was making only 9 dollars an hour PART-TIME with one baby and another one on the way. I sat down with my wife and developed a plan. The plan was to finish school within 2 years no matter what! That meant I had to find a job that worked for me not against me. You’re going to have to do the same thing. You may have to change jobs or positions, find a babysitter, or do both. The rule of thumb is until you want success as bad as you want to live, you’ll be in your own way.
Buy into the process
Buying into the process simply means not giving up and doing what you have to do. I mentally set a standard in my mind that quitting or failing a class was not an option. I didn’t give myself room to fail, as a matter of a fact I didn’t give myself room to make less than a C. When you have a “don’t give up” attitude you’re already halfway there!
Get help or partner up with a classmate
While in school you have two major allies, your classmates and your professor. Let’s talk about your classmates first. The beauty about having classmates on your side is one may be strong in a subject area you’re weak in. For example, while I was getting my degree I was one of the best students at writing papers, it was natural for me. However, I sucked at math and most of classmates were pretty mathematically savvy. So in study groups everyone helped each other according to their strengths and abilities. It makes completing assignments much easier.
Build a relationship with your professor
An even greater ally other than having helpful classmates is having a helpful professor in your corner. Listen to me and listen to me carefully on this. Become good friends with your professor from day one! I’m not saying go out to dinner with them, but what I am saying is; ask questions before, during, and after class. Believe it or not, most professors like to feel important. There’s a huge benefit in doing this, if your professor know you are a good student and have good character they are more than likely to help you. I would even be bold enough to say they won’t let you fail if they see you working hard to pass and coming to them for assistance. But you have to build a relationship from day one.
I hope this blog really helped you on your journey towards success. Having some form of education is so vital to having opportunities to succeed in life. You can be whatever you want to be, but you have to grind, make sacrifices, and go through the process to obtain it. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my website to receive the latest advice, tips, and resources on jumpstarting your success! Blessings and peace!