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  • Dr. Mena Birett

Like a champion

You want to be successful. You’re juggling your classes, family, and friends. How are you going to be an academic champion of your life?

These five tips can help you stay become that champion:

Know your strengths — It’s human nature to want to correct weaknesses. But knowing your strengths and how to use them effectively can have a much more substantial effect on success and well-being. So how can you reframe your thinking?  One tool—the C.A.N. Academic Success Inventory can help you gauge your strengths and challenge areas.  The test allows for an objective view into where you excel and where you may need a bit work.

Set specific goals — Achieving your goals depends on how well you can manage your time.  Goal setting requires a strategic plan for the semester. Students who do better in general are the ones who take time to plan.

Prioritize happiness — Feeling good about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it is the best way to ensure success.

Be resilient — Even with a good plan, obstacles will arise. How well you deal with those obstacles depends on your perspective.  Predict you’re going to make mistakes and make alternate plans to achieve your goals.

Make time to recover — Periods of stress can be positive and motivating if they expand your perception of what’s possible, but they can lead to chronic stress when you don’t build in time to recover.  So, before you pull another all-nighter, think about the effects it may have on you the next day.  Taking breaks, setting aside time for meals, and enjoying recreation can help fuel you and keep you on course to achieve your goals and be the champion of your academic journey.

C.A.N. is here for you to ensure that you are up to the challenges that lay ahead. If you would like to discuss the transition to college and how C.A.N. can be of assistance, please fill out the contact us page on our website.

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