Courage in College

 Courage in College

Courage in College

It is not often that courage is associated with students in college. However, every day, successful students call upon their inner strength to make good decisions or take the proper actions and push forward. 

College success requires courage and conviction in the following areas:

1. Peer Pressure - Throughout college, you will have friends who encourage or pressure you to do illegal things, can interfere with your performance or harm your health. Those things can include:

- Cheating
- Misusing Drugs
- Using Tobacco Products
- Underage and Binge Drinking
- Theft of Money and Property
- Destructive Pranks and Mischief
- Scamming Others

Do you have the courage and maturity to say “no” to things that are wrong or bad for you?

2. Discovery - College is a time when students can test their limits and discover their skills, talents and capabilities. It takes courage to face your fears, tries new things and take the reasonable risks that are often required.

3. Dreams - When students pursue the things they love, they will often encounter negative comments and severe criticism from others around them. 

Since your dreams do not come true all by themselves, it takes courage to fight through the fog of uncertainty and find the inner strength to ignore the naysayers.

4. Self-Doubt - Most students begin college with feelings of self-doubt. They doubt their own abilities, their courage and their fortitude. 

Self-Doubt

However, to succeed, students must fight off those doubts and fears and find a way to perform at a level that will impress employers.

5. Recovery - Everyone gets knocked down and feels defeated at one time or another. The inquiry is, what will you do after you get wrecked? 

Will you bounce back from a bad experience or will you give up? It takes courage and determination to get back on your feet, regain your balance or motivation and push forward to a successful end.

6. Your Voice - College is the opportunity for students to find their voice. Since good communication skills are required for nearly every employment opportunity, wise students muster the courage to improve their communication skills while they are in college. 

Even with today’s technology, the business world still requires us to read, write, speak and make presentations. Students with a strong voice will always be in demand.

7. Responsibility - It takes courage to accept responsibility. That is because someone is counting on you to get things done properly and on time. 

They expect you to overcome the obstacles and come through with a great result. Employers will want to learn about the responsibilities that you have accepted and the results you have achieved.

8. Capabilities - Because they are shy and reserved, some students do not like to stand out. And yet, that is exactly what it will take to land a good job. Every student must be brave enough to demonstrate their capabilities so others will appreciate them. 

Because employers hire capabilities, students must find the courage to get involved with the activities that will give them the best opportunity to show people what they can do.

Courage comes in all shapes and sizes, usually in unplanned ways and at unexpected times. However, college is the ideal time for students to test their wings. 

It is a time for students to lift their heads, take a deep breath and make up their minds to become the person they know they can be. Remember, we can not fly until we decide to leave the ground.

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