Saying “Yes” to Success by Saying “No” to Distractions

Aug 24th, 2012 | By | Category: CAMPUS NEWS, SERVICES TO STUDENTS

The School for Professional and Continuing Education has been working with adult students for a very long time and has created an art out of discovering and meeting the needs of adult learners. One of the best ways to learn how to help adult students to be successful is to listen to them. The School for Professional and Continuing Education has recently conducted a survey of their students who are members of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (ASL).  You can learn more about the criteria to be met by these students by clicking ,here. Clearly, these students have found a way to be academically successful while managing busy adult lives. One of the topics on the survey was “One common tip is to learn to say ‘No’. What did you give up or put on hold or reduce so that you could be successful?” The most common factor that these students said that they gave up; put on hold or reduced was social activities, at a 46%. 31% of these students said that family activities were also affected. Other common things to temporarily give up were hobbies, extra work opportunities, personal time, travelling and extra sleep.

Even though there are trade-offs to be made, these adults see the value in the education that they have received over the things that they had to do without. In fact, many of the ASL members surveyed had good things to say about the overall experience. One student said, “In the end, the lack of free time is not missed and the collegiate achievement is forever”, while another said (of watching television), “To be honest, I do not really miss it”. There are sacrifices to be made, but as an additional student put it, “at the end of the day, I will have many more opportunities when I am finished”. Let’s close this article with words of wisdom from a final ASL member, “You can’t give up everything you love. You need to allow some time for brain-breaks and to do the things you enjoy”. It seems that balance really is the key.

As you can see, there is so much to gain from the dedication you apply to your academic success and you will have gained a greater appreciation and perspective for the things that you had to postpone, while you are reaping the benefits of your academic achievement!

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