commitment

Staying committed and motivated in completing a degree is essential to success at any university. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
 
Why FAU? Students select colleges for many reasons. Some students come for a particular academic program, because of a scholarship, because of location, or because they have been influenced by another person. Whether or not FAU was your first choice – it will be your BEST choice if you find ways to connect. That will ensure that you can be happy here regardless of your reason for choosing FAU.
 
Commitment to completing a degree is more than half the battle. If you are determined to succeed, you will find ways to overcome obstacles! Even if you aren’t sure if you will complete your degree at FAU, give it your all. A positive attitude is a good starting point on the path to success.
 
You feel the major you selected is the right one for you .   GREAT! You are starting off strong, but don’t be alarmed if you change your mind about your major…most students do. The average student changes his/her major more than twice!  Surveys indicate that 39% of students who dropped out of college indicated that they had chosen the wrong field of study – so if you take that first class in your intended major and realize it isn’t the right fit, contact your advisor (www.fau.edu/uas) or the Career Development Center (www.fau.edu/cdc) for help.
 
You may not complete the major you initially selected.   Or y o u may not be prepared for the major you selected. Your major doesn’t determine what you will do for the rest of your life, so don’t worry! 39% of students who dropped out of college indicated that they had chosen the wrong field of study – so take the time to really discover who you are and what you want to be. Choosing a major is an individual process and may take some exploration and experience.  Be sure to research possible careers and majors so you can make an informed decision about what major is right for you. Freshman Advising (www.fau.edu/uas) and the Career Development Center (www.fau.edu/cdc) offer workshops, guides and resources to help students find the majors that are right for them. Try out some classes in the major you are considering. If it doesn’t work out, there are plenty of other academic opportunities at FAU for you to explore.
 
You may not have selected a major yet – and that’s okay! College is the time for you to really discover who you are and what you want to be. This is a process that will take some exploration and experience.  Be sure to research possible careers and majors so you can make an informed decision about what major is right for you. Freshman Advising (www.fau.edu/uas) and the Career Development Center (www.fau.edu/cdc) offer workshops, guides and resources to help students find the majors that are right for them. Remember, don’t just wait for a major to fall into your lap. According to one study, 80% of students who dropped out had not finalized their career plans at the time they left college (Waterman, 1972). We want you to find the major that’s right for you!
 
Finding Success in ANY Class Environment: Every person has a preferred way to learn. It is important for you to identify your preferred learning style. Are you better with visual (you like to read or see pictures and charts), auditory (you like to hear the information in a lecture or discussion) or tactile-kinesthetic (you need to interact with the information through writing it down or using note cards) learning, and how will you be successful in a class that doesn’t use your preferred style?
You do not feel you will be part of the FAU community. Well, now is the time to change that. There are numerous ways to get involved – and it will make your FAU experience so much stronger. Those who simply come to campus and go to class without doing much else are the least satisfied with their FAU experience. You have the ability to make it a great experience!
 
Get involved: Your participation both inside and outside the classroom is one of the most important factors relating to your college success. Anything you do to increase the amount of time you spend on campus (in study groups, the library, in co-curricular activities and especially in living and working on campus) will enhance your probability of success.
Looking for a great way to get involved? Attend at least one campus event (www.fau.edu/success); join a student organization (www.fau.edu/sil); participate in campus recreation (www.fau.edu/campusrec/); attend an FAU athletic event (http://fausports.collegesports.com/); join a fraternity or sorority (www.fau.edu/fslife/); or volunteer (http://www.fau.edu/volunteer/) to meet new people and become connected. 


 Last Modified 11/8/16