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Goal Commitment

Value of and commitment to a college degree; Making your success in college a priority

Getting a college degree is important, and has huge benefits throughout your lifetime. While some people might question “is it worth it,” research still shows that college degree holders still earn, on average 75% more than those who have a high school diploma. What’s more, people with a college degree are more likely to have a job, particularly when times get tough. Following the economic crisis of 2008, the unemployment rate for those that held a college degree was around 4%, while those without a degree saw an unemployment rate of roughly 10%. A college degree has also been related to many other benefits, such as improved health.

But in order for you to be successful, getting a degree must be important to you. It can’t be something far off in the distance, but something that’s a priority on a day-to-day basis. When tough decisions arise, such as choosing between studying for an exam or doing something with your friends, making your success in college a priority will be the difference.

I don’t focus on what I’m up against.

I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.
Venus Williams

How can I improve my Goal Commitment?

Strategies to Use

  • First thing’s first: make sure your college success is important to you. If you’re unclear about how or why you’re in college or in this particular field of study, use the resources below to either talk with others at your college/university or to reflect on your own thoughts (see Online Resources).

  • If you’re struggling to prioritize college among other competing aspects of your life, check out resources related to Organization to help better manage your time.

Resources at JMU

  • Use these tips to making SMART Goals that can guide your success in college.

  • JMU's Career and Academic Planning office offers Job and Internship Prep to help link your major to your career. 

  • The Student Leadership Center has created the Strengths Coaching program to help you become the best version of you possible.
  • The Office of Disability Services can provide a host of services, including supplemental coaching. 

Online Resources

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