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June 26th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Anyone else have problems getting motivated to their school work?

I failed my first year of college because I just never felt like getting up and going to class

I'm taking summer classes so I can go to school next year, and doing a lot better in them, but I have work to do now and I'm just so unmotivated to do anything.
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June 26th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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Okay well my best motivator is my son. I spend a lot of time playing with him during the day when DH is at work. But when DS is with a babysitter, sleeping, or playing with DH, I sit my behind down and work. It is the only way I can get work done so that I can play with him during the day. For example, last night, DH cam home and we all had dinner together. DH played with AJ for about two hours so I sat and worked. Then I gave AJ his bath, dinner and bottle. He went to bed at 8:30. I worked until about 2:00 in the morning and then went to bed. DH gave AJ his breakfast so I could sleep until 7:30 before he had to leave. Routine starts over. As far as class goes, missing class isn't really an option because at my level of study, the classes are often just the professor, myself and one or two other students. Can't miss that!! It would be too obvious! Really for me, getting quality time with AJ when I don't feel guilty about work is my motivator. That and my other big motivator is picturing myself getting hooded when I graduate. I can't wait to get to wear the Ph.D. robe and have my degree conferred. It is a good visual for me! Good luck!
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June 26th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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I was the same way during my first year of college. I failed darn near all of my classes, hardly ever went to class because I went out and drank every night, and really ended up messing things up for myself. Now its been 2 years and my credits wont transfer and I'll have to do it all over again.

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The important part is that now Im ready for college. Im a home owner and a mommy. Its time.

What really motivates me to go to class is the fact that Im tired of being the only sister in my family with no degree. Im tired of being one of my only friends without a degree. Im typically a jealous person, lol so that helps. And I want to provide for my daughter like my parents did for me.
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June 27th, 2007, 03:06 PM
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I stay motivated because I can't afford to fail in school. I am a single mother and this degree means getting a job and providing a life for my daughter that most single moms aren't able to do. Just try to stay motivated as much as you can it gets rough in the summer because your classes are so short, everytime I take a summer class I excel in it because it's so short of a time frame, and it's not like a regular semester where I know I can goof off and then get down to business a little ways down the road. I used to miss weeks of class, in the long run it won't pay off and when I started having to pay out of my pocket because I failed classes I turned my attitude around. I hope this helps for you and good luck!!
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June 28th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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I understand where you're coming from. There always seems to be another class to take and far too many years until you're done. I try to stay motivated by focusing on what the degree will do for me once I'm done. My B.S. degree got me an awesome job that I totally love. I never dreamed I'd have the opportunities I have now. I'm now working on my M.S. because of how many new experiences I'll be able to try just because I figured out how to complete all those courses!

As for summer classes, I found I liked the shorter class cycle. The lectures may be longer, but I am able to focus more because there is no time to procrastinate.

Hang in there. We're all here to keep each other motivated.

(P.S. It helps if you are interested in the subject material. If you are currently taking General Ed classes to fulfill requirements, then I totally sympathize with your lack of motiation!)
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