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It is your responsibility to make college a growing experience for yourself. The following suggestions and resources may be helpful to developing a consistent system for motivating yourself through your university career. When you come across issues that you find you might be slow to address or overwhelmed with, it is necessary to have a strategy for motivating yourself to face them and move forward in a positive way.
Gather information about your interests, abilities, values, and needs. The following may be useful in this process:
Gather information about occupations:
Gather information about training requirements and training programs:
On the basis of the information you find, start making decisions that lead you in directions you want to go.
Using the services of Cook Counseling Center:
Attack the problem yourself:
The following checklist may prove helpful in getting at the sources of poor motivation. If you want to improve your motivation, you may want to choose a self-directed improvement program or use the information as a focus for counseling.
1. Preferring something other than attending this university:
____Would prefer not to go to college.
____Would rather attend another college.
____Would prefer a different kind of training.
2. College as means to an end other than learning:
____To avoid getting a job
____To find a mate
____To have a good time
____To get away from home
____To prove self-worth
3. Distracting personal problems:
____Conflict with same sex
____Conflict with opposite sex
____Conflict with parents
____Lack of confidence
____Undefined resistance to college
____Angry at the world
____Overuse of drugs or alcohol
____Fear of evaluation
____Difficulty in making decisions
____Lack of financial resources
____Phobias and other anxieties
4. Lack of interest:
____Undefined vocational goals
____Undefined educational goals
____Course material is not what I think is important
____Interest in school is not the "in" thing among my friends.
5. Continuing self-defeating behavior patterns:
____Excessive dependence on parents or others
____Fear as a motivator
____Parents as motivators
____Grades or academic achievement as motivator
____High school habits