PHUONG PHAM ID #: 1170664 Instructor: Jessica Falla Core 1101 (Section # 17860) September 21, 2012 FACTORS CRITICAL TO COLLEGE SUCCESS We know and understand ourselves better, but sometimes we need to consider what others saying about us. Once the opportunities are discovered, we will find out what we need the most in order to be successful.
After reading the ten factors of the college success, I realized the two factors that I need to improve within myself are time management and persistence, and my two factors where I demonstrated the most success are competition and responsibility. My biggest weakness is time management and that is also the most difficult part of a career. The time is the most precious value in the world. “[It] is like a river; we cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again” (Dole 635). In order to make good use of every second we have, we have to organize our time properly and don’t waste it on the useless stuff.
The most difficult thing for me to do is learn how to maximize my time whenever I do my homework. I am planning to do my homework in 4 hours a day, but it actually takes me over 6 hours to finish all the assignments. Therefore, 24 hours a day is definitely not enough for me to cover everything I need to do. Then I realize that time management is very important. It helps me get more work done in less time, keeps me on right track and helps me to see what I should do first. I start planning my time every day, except Sunday. I will spend 8 hours in school and also spend 5 more hours on self-improvement.
I will train my brain, read more books about time management, and try to method to deal with my tasks every day. I will start to set personal deadlines. It will save my time and make me more productive in the long run. It may cause stress, worry and aggravation at the same time, but I would like to challenge myself. Knowing how much time we have to finish our work makes we more focused. That focus ensures that we will get more quality work. My second weakness is persistence. Whenever I misunderstand something and try it many times but still fail, I give it up.
At the time I give up something, I feel like the easy thing to do at that time is to quit what I am doing and move on to something else. Once, I had a project on my math class. It was so hard to understand the problems and I decided not to do that project just because I didn’t understand. Then I got a zero on that project, I failed the whole class and I had to take it again the next semester. I was really scared and wished for the time to come back but it never happened. From that time, I realize that persistence is very important to develop in life.
Without persistence, my abilities to change and develop into a new person will be severely restricted. I must have persistence or determination to keep going and to not give up. I will be persistent when doing the small tasks because it will be reflected in my personality when I face bigger situation. I have to work very hard on my homework. I will ask questions in class more often. Even though it may seem hopeless sometimes, I will hold on even if I feel like quitting. As a result, I will view these situations in my life are not failures, but as another lesson from which I can learn, grow and develop as a person.
One of the areas where I demonstrate the most success is college involvement. Some students don’t realize is that opportunities to get involve in college activities are very important. It allows students to become connected to their school. It helps them build community, passions, and help them discover what they like and what they don’t like. I would offer those students who struggle in this area some advice that would help them get back on track. “Colleges are full of new things to discover, but the responsibility is on the student to seek them out” (Alberti 19).
Getting involved actually means doing something in class like studying, joining organization, clubs, and activities on campus. Right now, I’m involved in a few things on campus. I’m a member of Catholic club, where we do many activities and in the community to help other. I’m also a member of Vietnamese club. When I am getting involved, I discover new friends with similar interests. Getting involved and joining organizations around campus may take up time, but it’s definitely worth it. The very last thing that I think I demonstrate the most success is family involvement.
Family involvement is so important because when parents get involved in education, their children will do better in school and be more successful in life. Every member in my family always tries to find time to talk to each other and we always have dinner together. Therefore, I always get a good grade in school and graduate from high school at a high ranking. To get family involvement, we can establish a daily family routine with scheduled homework time. Routines generally include every single thing that we do daily, such as eating meals together or even going to bed at an established time.
We have to “try to understand everyone in the family, listen to what they have to say so we can bring them all together” (Cohen 411). Family involvement is also one of the best investments a family can make. If we get involved and stay involved, we can make a world of difference. The experiences we have in life shape the type of person that we become. As a result, sometimes we will find that what we thought we wanted in the past isn’t what we want now. Ten factors of the college success help me realized that no one is perfect.
Everyone has their own strong and weak points; no one is the same. The responsibility is on the students to seek them out, and use what they learn to improve themselves so that they become a stronger, more experienced people. Works Cited ALBERTI, R. (1972). “Influence of the faculty on college student development”. Journal of College Student Personnel, 13, 18-23. DOLE, A. A. (1959). “College students report on their use of time”. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 37, 633-637. COHEN, E. G. (1965). “Parental factors in educational mobility”. Sociology of Education, 38, 404-426.