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Constructive Suggestions for Motivation

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.

Attack the problem of goal setting directly

Gather information about your interests, abilities, values, and needs. The following may be useful in this process:

  • Tests
  • Counseling
  • Self-evaluation

Gather information about occupations:

Gather information about training requirements and training programs:

  • Using Career and Professional Development occupational files
  • Using college and other catalogs
  • Get first-hand information from professors or those in the field

On the basis of the information you find, start making decisions that lead you in directions you want to go.

Attack personal problems directly

Using the services of Cook Counseling Center:

  • Individual counseling or therapy
  • Self-help materials
  • Group counseling or therapy

Attack the problem yourself:

  • Self-evaluation
  • Direct confrontation of others involved in the problem
  • Accept responsibilities for initiating changes you want to make