Former first lady Abigail Adams once said, “the habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties” (Billmeyer, 2009, p. 115). The number of adults pursuing a college degree is constantly increasing with each passing year. Unlike younger college students fresh out of high school, adult learners are not only trying adjust to going back to school, but they must learn to balance their studies with other responsibilities in their lives such as their family and jobs. Knowing how to manage time wisely is an intricate tool for an adult attending college. Some helpful tips include prioritizing, planning ahead, making to-do lists, and avoiding procrastination.
There is so many pressures put on college students. In further review of Sarah Ann Ferner’s document in the Odyssey on Pressures of College Students the pressures are, academic, finances, relationships, independence and accountability, peers, facing the future and the last is multitasking stress. One of the pressures is academic
One things that keep me from being successful in college is time management. Time management is a big issue because I remember I never use my time wisely. I never get a change to give myself time where I can enjoy my life and have fun. Whenever school started I became a stressful person because I wouldn't stop thinking how I’m going to finish my work. I also thought of how I wasn't going to pass the class. It's a stressful season for me. I remember back from my sophomore years in high school, I never finish my work on time. I didn't spend to much time on studying because I was too busy doing other things rather than spend time doing my homework and studying. Yes, maybe I need to take break from doing my homework, but taking break can also
As a college student there are many hurdles to overcome while in school. These obstacles can be dealing with school work to maintaining adequate funds to having different levels of friendship and even discovering what is the next step in life. One major hassle is no longer being able to completely rely on your parents. Every students conquers them in different ways because no one student will have all the exact same issues.
Going from High School into college can be alarming. This newfound freedom can be good, but also lead to stress. Without disciplining yourself, you can fall behind like I feel I am doing right now with my schoolwork. My family always encourages me to work hard and push through, so
The biggest problem I’m having trouble with is time management due to my procrastination issue. With it being my first year it’ s hard concentrating on all the work I received with everything going on, on campus. High school teaches
Challenges are everywhere especially when you are going to school and with each challenge you become mature. I remember when I entered first grade I was having difficulties with reading and writing, so my teacher discussed this issue with my parents so they can work on helping me improve my reading and writing skills. When my teacher saw that I really wanted to change and I was willing to work hard for it, she helped me tremendously to achieve my goal. I remember spending eight hours a day studying and my dad would always bring something new that would help me learn better. Additionally, I remember that sometimes I would spend lunch breaks with my teacher reading books. The thing that mostly made me want to work this hard was to regain my confidence in front of the other students.
As a student that has achieved a high-level of academic success while staying active in extra-curricular activities and working a job I have faced a daily challenge of balancing the workload. From a social perspective, I feel it is important to be active in a variety of extra-curricular activities; however, from an academic perspective it is critical to put in the time necessary to maintain good grades. Along with that, from a financial perspective it is important for me to earn an income to save for my college expense. It has not always been easy, and through the last few years I have learned some valuable life skills from this challenge.
Academically, my biggest challenge this year has been the workload. Although I was a reasonably organized student last year, I could still get away with finishing up my homework, essays, and class projects the day before it was due. As I quickly learned, this was not an option for me this year. Every week, I had a whole new list of essays and projects due, and as I scrambled to meet all of the deadlines, I tried hard to become a more organized person. Although time management is definitely something I still need to work on, I have improved drastically, as is demonstrated by the dozens of crumpled up to-do lists on my desk.
According to Lupien, McEwan, Gunnar, and Heim (2009), going off to college involves significant adjustments to their daily routines; sleeping and eating habits, time-management skills, and stress levels will be altered in one way or another. First-year students have to adjust to the new school environment, different social settings, and new schedules, all without the help and guidance from their parents, who have been there for them for eighteen years. Over 30% of college freshman report that they feel overwhelmed (Klainberg, Ewing, & Ryan, 2010), where some students even opt to work as they juggle their class and work schedules. Some students work at a job or study harder than others, but they are all trying to get degrees so maybe one day they will have meaningful and significant lives. It is a constant struggle for everyone who is trying desperately to make him or herself into a success. And every college student wants to be involved in society in a positive manner, allowing contribution of their ideals and values to others.
One obstacle I will face is I constantly stress myself about my grades and getting assignments turned in on time, but the main thing that stresses me is I have a hard time understanding some content in assignments, quizzes, and discussions. The way I will conquer this, is I will talk to my parents or friends about what is stressing me out and see if they can help me with understanding the assignments or discussions, I will also take breaks from what is stressing me to help me calm down. The Second obstacle is I usually procrastinating when it comes to doing something like assignments or studying when I should. I can conquer this by creating a schedule and setting alarms on my phone to remind me to do my assignments, along with reminding myself why I am doing college and telling myself I need to do it to better my future to persuade myself to get up and actually do what I need to do. The third obstacle I have to face is lack of college prep education, this is because I never went to high school so I was unable to take college prep courses to prepare me for college.
Throughout college, there will always be obstacles that a student will face. Though some students make it through the semester without much trouble, I am not one of those students. It’s not always easy to get through the semester smoothly when you constantly have responsibilities to take care of. I
With taking these more intense classes, like CCP and IB, I was Having difficulty in perfecting time management leads to a lack of “Goal Orientation and Self-Direction” as Conley state's “Goal attainment hinges on the ability to exercise control over one’s behavior” (Conley 1023). With a crunch for time, this leads to the goals that I set up to be thrown out the window. Thus, setting up a hurdle to learn college readiness skills. Another weakness of mine is an occasional lack of “Motivation and Engagement” to learn. Even with a love for learning, I do find myself with a lack of motivation or engagement to get the work done. With a boring topic or a redundant project, I find myself constantly putting off the work in hopes that something new and exciting will come my way or the problem will disappear altogether. Sadly It does not with an ever-looming due date in the back of my mind leading to more time management faults. Conley claims “These skills are particularly important in a college setting where students are required to manage their own time and take responsibility for their own learning” (Conley 1022). With a poor development of these skills, I'm missing the proper development of important college readiness skill which could lead to a poor reflection of me in the future. Also, leading to more challenges when in college because I can’t become motivated to do my school's work. Last, my final
Next, for my challenges I have problems like organize an essay, write and complete a strong essay without someone to help me do that, eliminate distractions, control my test anxiety, and allow plenty of time to prepare for exams, take organized notes, and complete the exam on the time assigned, and to keep an organized notebook.
In college life, students face many pressures. One of my biggest stressors was keeping my student scholarship. After coming in to college with a 3.3 grade point average, I knew that keeping a 3.0 in college, for my scholarship, was going to be a challenge that I had not yet experienced. This caused me to work even harder and sometimes even too hard. The scholarship played a large factor in choosing Baldwin Wallace as my school of choice, so retaining my reward is of the utmost importance to both me personally, and my parents financially. As I began classes I realized that the work load seemed a lot larger than high school, and sometimes as if it were never going to end. I soon realized how to balance my time between school work and making grades, as well as meeting new people and having fun. There are many enjoyable things that make college the great experience it has been so far, so finding an equilibrium of hard work and good times has been one the best new attributes I have