Characteristics of Successful College Students

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According to The Magazine for Leaders in Education, about forty-two percent of students entering four-year colleges or universities graduate. Those students share common characteristics that make them successful. They understand what is expected of them and they are driven to achieve their goals. These students are committed and have a desire to thrive. In addition, a successful college student knows the meaning of hard work and appreciates the opportunity to receive an education. With the right motivation and attitude and taking responsibility for their learning a college student can be successful.

Motivation is the key to being successful and without it there is no drive to achieve. “No one can motivate you better than you can yourself” and students who are self-motivated set goals in which failure is not an option. Every college student has goals that are waiting to be met. Some students will do what is needed to just get by, while others feel it is their first priority to work at their highest potential. They do not only want to say they went to college, but they want to say that they were successful in college. Even though college can be tough at times a positive attitude can increase motivation. For example, if finals are coming up and a student thinks positive about how they are going to do chances are they will succeed. A positive attitude can also affect a student’s performance. For instance, students who go to school happy, organized, and ready to learn are optimistic and will most likely function better than a student who has a negative attitude.

Responsibility is another characteristic every college student must have in order to be successful. Students who are responsible know what their tasks are and are always a step ahead. For example, if there is a party the night before an exam a student who wants to do excellent will study instead of going to the party. Those students also go over the material ahead of time and are prepared for every...
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