Student Success: Finding Academic Motivation

Student Success: Finding Academic Motivation

January 24, 2020 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The concept of motivation is something you
are all familiar with. You’ve been motivated at times in your life. Every single person
in this room has been motivated in your life. I work real closely with freshman, and get
to see day in and day out some of the things that they struggle with and some of the challenges
they have, especially in their freshman year. I’ve noticed over the last four or five years
doing the job I have that motivation tends to be one of the major struggles that faces
them day in and day out. Who is the captain of your ship? You are.
No one else is steering your ship or should be. You got your hand on the motor, and you’re
steering. For me I think helping them to kind of grasp
this idea of motivation. Understanding that there’s been other areas in their life that
they’ve experienced motivation and figuring out how to apply a lot of those similar principles
to their academics. I think it’s easy for a lot of us to find
commonality in sports. I think that’s where they maybe for the first time experienced
some challenges and some self-sacrifice and some sacrifice regarding teams. So I think
you can really draw on a lot of those metaphors and a lot of those type of commonalities to
draw out motivation and take a lot of those principles and apply them to the academic
setting. You don’t know the direction and you don’t
know the orientation that you’re on–that makes it real difficult to stay on course
doesn’t it? Every student is different and every student
is unique, and I don’t think there’s a cookie cutter method to the way that we approach
motivation. I think you have to remember that it’s individualized and that each student’s
story is different and from that story is power.