I seem to have misplaced my motivation.
August 16, 2012 4:25 PM Subscribe
What motivated you to get through college successfully?
posted by bumpjump to education (51 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Over the past 8 months I've slowly realized I need some kind of higher education to be able to live on my own and have a life I enjoy (there's no denying that degree-holders average higher salaries than non-degree holders). If you look at my post history, I've asked questions regarding a few vastly different career paths.
I have a history of being academically unsuccessful at large universities and community colleges, and both on a quarter system and semester system. I usually get bored of the material in any given class within a month and:
A) Start skipping class
B) Stop doing the work
C) Drop the class altogether
D) All of the above
I've made it to the end of the quarter/semester in ~15% of the classes I've ever enrolled in, and that was because those were all constantly stimulating. I've never been able to drudge through lower-division requirements and get to "the good stuff" like my peers because in the past I could never finish uninteresting courses.
What motivated you to get through uninteresting or boring material for months at a time in college? What was the internal voice telling you to do the work necessary to successfully graduate? Was it money? A career you were passionate about? Comparing your experience in the working world with being in school?