T-minus one week and counting…
We start up the semester at Sam Houston State University one week from today. So I thought I would address the students at SHSU in general and the Physical Chemistry students in particular.
What are YOU going to do differently this year to ensure you improve performance, retain knowledge, and cultivate character?
Even the 4.0 student can improve in these areas. Begin by writing out your goal. It might look like:
- Make straight A’s this semester.
- Not get behind in my classes, job, club officer position, and family commitments.
- REALLY learn the material so that I can draw on my knowledge in future classes and jobs.
Whatever the goal is, do not forget to do this next important step.
Think back to last year. Identify what kept you from achieving this goal last year. Be specific. Was it a habit? a video game? a TV show? a friend who dominated your time? a student organization?
Now, change it. If this activity, person, or situation pulled you off your path to success, then either change it or change your path. You cannot follow two paths.
You cannot do everything.
Now, is the time to plan. If you are a chemistry major, especially, now is the time to commit yourself to hard work, problem sets, reading the text, and a smaller social agenda.
In the future, you will be hired based upon your chemistry abilities, not how many activities you were in. Be the best, most knowledgeable graduate you can be, no matter what your major.
It starts today.