Self-worth key to success

August 27, 2010 Commentary Print Print
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“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” William James (1842-1910)

 

 

 

It is said that attitude is everything, and to a large degree, that may be true.

Because it is our own, we have some control over what it is and how we use it.

Hopefully, you will each keep yours positive and optimistic.

I encourage you to be the tiny train in “The Little Engine that Could.”

Too often each semester, I work with students who have been defeated, not by the enormity of their obstacles, but by their lack of faith in themselves.

I know that it sounds kind of corny when I tell students that they must find ways to cheer for themselves and for each other, but that attitude can make all the difference in the world.

Believing in yourself means that you will be more likely to engage in those behaviors that lead to success: reading, studying, discussing with others, and so forth.

Believing in yourself also means you believe you are worthy of being helped, so you are more likely to talk to your professors, to seek help in Student Support Services and other offices on campus, and to advocate for yourself in an appropriate way.

We in Student Support Services want you to have the best experience possible this fall. Stop in to see us so we can help get the cheering started.

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