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Keep Moving Forward

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Friday, Dec 09, 2016
    You may recognize this famous quote from the movie Meet the Robinsons (one of my all-time favorite movies). It might seem corny, but it is absolutely my personal mantra. It’s gotten me through tough time after tough time, and it’s been a powerful motivator for me in college. I have told myself that if I were to ever get a tattoo, it would probably say “keep moving forward,” because it means so much to me, and it continues to be relevant every day. A lot of times people can get discouraged or burnt out by the monotony and tedium of school, but the “keep moving forward” attitude keeps my actions goal centered and keeps me on the right path. Whether I bomb a test, or miss a meeting, I don’t dwell on it for very long. I decide what I need to do differently next time, and make it happen. It’s set me on a path of consistent improvement.

    For me, it has been just as important for me to maintain this mentality during my successes just as much as during my failures. Dwelling on my successes can lead to getting comfortable and complacent in my studies. This has been a source of failure for me in the past, because I can all of a sudden get overwhelmed when I realize that I’m not as on top of my work as I think I am.

    In the same vein, whenever I know that I have a really rough day or multiple days, or even weeks, ahead of me, I will tell myself one simple thing: “you can get through anything for a day/days/week.” This mentality really gives me the motivation I need to put in the extra effort for just that small amount of time. It provides some perspective on the situation for me, so that I can just keep moving forward with my life. I think this strategy is especially applicable for finals, which are just around the corner. We all know we don’t want to use that reading day for studying, but this mentality just might get you through it. And whether you ace your finals or bomb them, just remember to keep moving forward.

    by Josh Parmentier, College of Education
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