Motivation Theory And The University Of Aberdeen

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The University of Aberdeen offers an array of subjects, societies and sport clubs as well as employment and volunteering opportunities to its students. With this massive range of activities, how and why do we students choose to study and take part in the few that we do? What is it that motivates us to commit to our decisions? Motivation can be described as the ‘internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal’1. There are three main components of motivation that have been identified to drive a person’s choice, these are; direction: a person’s goal, effort: the energy used to achieve a goal, and duration: the persistence in pursuing a goal2. Is it possible to use a motivation theory or theories to understand the choices we make at the University of Aberdeen? Before we begin university we have already dedicated ourselves to our major subject, that we already have an understanding for, which is a commitment for a minimum of four years. From an undergraduate’s perspective, this is an intimidating yet exciting step to adulthood as it is probably one of the longest commitments we have ever had to make that influences our future. For each and every one of us, the reasons for why we selected the subject that we did will vary. Personally, I chose to study Chemistry due to my enjoyment for the subject and the sense of achievement I gain from
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