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Good Things Don't Just Happen

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 Thursday, Nov 03, 2016
    The phrase “good things come to those who wait” is probably one of the most common, yet absolutely false, bits of advice given. This was by far the worst advice I have ever received. For the longest time, I believed that being successful and achieving my goals was something that would eventually just happen on its own. It implies that little effort necessary.  Yes, being patient is a virtue but having the courage to act on your dreams and aggressively pursue good things for yourself and your family is important as well.

    Don't be afraid to act on your short and long-term goals. Make lasting achievements out of them!
    1. Persevere
      • To persevere academically requires that students stay focused on a goal despite obstacles (grit or persistence) and forego distractions/temptations, in order to prioritize higher pursuits over lower pleasures (delayed gratification, self-discipline, self-control) - (Farrington et al., 2012)
    2. Steps to Setting Long-Term Goals
      • Talk with a professor, counselor, friend, parent, or advisor if you're having trouble.
      • Make deadlines for completing your goals.
    3. If your plan isn't working, be flexible!


    by Katina Hicks, College of Agriculture
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