Tag Archives: College

Don’t Plan to Fail

Have you ever heard the adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?”

Although this is not a direct quote, folks drawing on Mr. Benjamin Franklin’s words are on to something – as was he.

Success is a process. It is not something that merely falls from the sky or springs up from the ground. It takes time and work.

If success is a process and processes include different steps, you need to plan out those steps. Following the logic?

How do you order those steps? Start with the goal, because reaching it will be the success you are seeking. Then, work backward. Once you have each step ordered, change your direction and start moving forward. Start planning what you will do each day, week, and month to reach the first goal, then the second, and so on.

Don’t let a day go by that you don’t work toward that goal – that success. Don’t plan to fail.

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You Define Success

What is success to you?

Don’t let society, family, friends, ideologies, tv shows, or anything else define your success.

You define your success.

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Don’t Let Senioritis Set In

Senior year is not the time to slack off. After all, you will be in college next year. You will have to wake up on your own. No more mom alarms. You will have to create your own schedule. You may even have to budget your money.

Think of your senior year more as an opportunity to start some of the behaviors that will help you do well in college.

Slacking should not be one of them.

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The New Dream: Handling a Rejection Letter

You didn’t get into my dream school, now what? Now you dust your hurt feelings off and get ready to make the most out of your time at the school you did get into.

A lot of us don’t get our first choice. That doesn’t mean you get to sulk about it all the way through to graduation. You didn’t get into the dream school for some reason. You did get into your second or third choice for another reason. You may never know either reason, and you have to accept that and move on.

Moving on means making the school you will be attending your new dream. Get excited about your first day on campus. Get excited about your dorm room. Get excited about registering for some excitingly challenging classes. Get excited about meeting some amazingly diverse people. Just. Get. Excited.

By not getting into your “dream” school, you have already learned a real-life lesson. We don’t always get what we want. The lesson is: How you bounce back from that disappointment determines how you will do in the “real” world.

So, here’s to you! Kudos for not letting this bump in the road ruin your experience at your new dream school.

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College takes Self-Discipline

Main Entry: self–dis·ci·pline

Pronunciation: \-ˈdi-sə-plən\

Function: noun

Date: 1838

: correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement

College, like any other area of your life, takes self-discipline. No one will wake you up. No one will ask if your homework is complete. No one is standing over you anymore.

So, it will take some self-discipline to make it. You have to take control of your behavior. You have to regulate you. You have to own it.

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Keep Track of Application Deadlines

Not all colleges have the same deadlines. So, it is very important that you stay on top of things.

So, what should you do? Get a calendar AND use it. What should you put in there? General admission dates. Honors program dates. University scholarship dates. Community scholarship dates. FAFSA deadlines. Mark up that calendar! Color code it if you must.

Also, don’t wait until the last minute to fill out the applications. Apps take time and you don’t want to do a rush job because you could miss something. Guess what happens to incomplete applications: they get tossed. So take your time and give each application your undivided attention. Log off all of your sites. Turn off the TV. Take out the headphones.


Get your applications done.

Stay ahead of the game.

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Welcome to Gen 1 Grad!

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Great news!

Gen 1 Grad and the book From First Generation College Student to First Generation Graduate are getting some well-deserved updates!

The bigger and better versions will be coming to you very soon.

Thank you all for your support!

With love,


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