Resolve fades fast for many making New Year’s resolutions despite the best of intentions. Feelings of failure can quickly replace the energy a fresh start brings. This can be disastrous for the college-bound and their parents already overloaded with a stressful to-do list. Fortunately, there’s a better way that can lead to success during the college process and beyond. Merging dreaming with introspection, family members can pinpoint one thing to change or enhance that will improve their lives.
For example, if procrastination is jeopardizing meeting deadlines for admission and financial aid applications, find something to make the dream of doing the task a reality. Self-rewards are powerful motivators. Looking forward to something special is a great impetus to hurry up, get the job completed, and enjoy. It’s also a great way to start mixing business with pleasure.
If multi-tasking means each endeavor takes longer, it’s a college prep threat creating an extra burden on students’ busy schedules. Live the dream of getting it all done faster by concentrating on one item at a time. Go a step further and review finished chores to see if any part can be reused to hasten the completion of another. Maybe a school report can be turned into a scholarship essay or volunteering can become a project demonstrating leadership. Getting a double benefit is a great use of resources in or out of school.
Perhaps lack of sleep is affecting the quality of effort put forth. Stop yawning, live the dream and wake-up rested by adjusting bedtimes in fifteen minute increments until a good night’s sleep is achieved. Making proper rest a habitual priority will come in handy when moving into a dorm.
Whether it is time pressure or natural proclivity, many are driven by impulse rather than thoughtfulness. Not only can bad selections lead to nightmarish experiences but great opportunities can be missed. Taking the time to observe choices, form a pro and con list, weigh options, and make good decisions can transform a dream into a reality. It’s about recognizing what’s available and maximizing chances. This will pay off big time when faced with a myriad of on and off campus possibilities.
Maybe the need for knowledge about a specific area has yet to appear. It’s not unusual for the college-bound to be financially illiterate. Learning about the financial aid process, how to build a budget and live within one’s means can make college and career dreams come true.
To present the strongest qualifications in relation to admission requirements of choice colleges, students have to beef up their strengths and fortify their weaknesses. They also must hone the soft skills colleges and employers crave. These are the basis for good college prep. Students can add to the benefits from both via one New Year’s resolutions substitution. It starts by choosing one thing within their control to change that would make things better now and in the years to come.
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