This week in Psychology, we are discussing types of motivation and how various strategies could be applied to our own lives. Motivation often plays a large role in the decisions we make about our career paths, relationships and many other things throughout our life. For example, when applying to colleges I had many things which motivated me to choose the college I chose. When beginning the application process, I started out with applying to the much bigger, well-known schools in Texas. As I received acceptance letters and continued my search for the right college, I started to narrow down my options. It was starting to become apparent that I was drifting towards two particular schools in Texas. One, however, had about 40,000 students attending that college every year and the other had about 1,300. Although, this is a large difference in size, both schools had aspects that I really liked. What motivated me to choose Austin College, however, was how personal it seemed to be for the students, because of its small population size. I was also impressed by the many praises the college had gotten throughout its years. Being a liberal arts school, it covered many different areas of studies and it seemed like a perfect fit for me and my future endeavors.
Now that I have finished my first semester at Austin College and are in the middle of my second, I can definately relate to the many tired and overworked faces I often see on campus. As most students know, it can be hard to stay motivated in one’s academics throughout the year. I definitely have those weeks where schoolwork can feel very overwhelming and tedious, and almost like there’s no point in doing it. After I’ve had a week like this, I often take a step back and try to look at the bigger picture, the real reason why I am here. Although, there may be certain exams or projects adding to my stress right now, in a week I will be working towards new endeavors and goals. This mentality of pushing forward and looking beyond the present moment is what gets me through those difficult weeks of college. What motivates me greatly is the fact that I want to be here. My parents, although they encouraged it, did not force me to attend college. I am working hard in my classes, towards a degree, and although, it may feel like a struggle now, the end result and the experiences I have made and will make along the way are well worth it.