Monday, July 18, 2011

Completely worth it: Five ways to 'stay the course'

We are shooting a commercial for TCC tomorrow, and I am really excited about the message we are sending: Complete your degree or certificate.

Every year, millions of people across the country enroll in colleges and universities only to quit before they complete a degree or certificate. Maybe it's family, health, financial or other issues, but something gets in the way and prevents them from continuing.

I completely understand this situation because I was accepted into a master's program in the spring, took one class, and I'm already wondering if I can continue. It's hard people! But like "they" say, if it were easy then everyone would do it.

How do you stay motivated to completing your degree? Here's what works for me
1. Find a friend or mentor who is adamant about higher education and reach out to him or her for mental and emotional support.
2. Incorporate studying and going to class into your current lifestyle. If you try to give up everything (family time, running, reruns of "Who's the Boss?"), then it probably won't stick.
3. Tell your family how much completing this degree or certificate means to you. Prepare them for the time commitment you will be making toward your goal.
4. Start a bank account just for school expenses. When you have a little extra cash, instead of buying a new outfit or eating at a fancy restaurant, deposit the money for tuition and books.
5. Decide that quitting is not an option. Statistics prove that students who "take a semester off" are much more likely to stop going all together. So even if you can take only one class, do it.

If you have any thoughts you'd like to share about staying motivated to complete your degree, please share!

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