We have just reached the halfway point of our fall semester on campus. Students have completed their midterm exams; faculty are evaluating those exams and planning for the remainder of the semester. While it is a time of a lot of work, it is also a great time for reflection on the road traveled and the road ahead.
Below you will find an email I sent to all of my students earlier this morning. I did this last term as well. (If I do it again next semester, I guess I will be able to call it a tradition!) The advice below can be beneficial to all of us. We have busy lives; let’s take a moment and reflect on where we are and where we would like to be.
Here is my note to my students:
Good morning, Scholars.
Congratulations! You have reached the halfway point of the semester. You have completed eight weeks–and you have as many weeks left. You are, in reality, eight weeks closer to your dreams. As a favor to yourself, please do the following at this point as you get ready for the week ahead:
- Stop–find 5 or 10 minutes and get away by yourself. A quiet room; the campus library or cafeteria; your car; a quiet park; the beach; or even the bus….someplace that you do not have to talk with anyone else. Turn off your phone–or at least put it someplace where you will not hear or see it. This is just time for you.
- Reflect–consider your dream–the reason you say you are in college. Perhaps this dream is closer than ever–or maybe it feels further away than ever. Remember why the dream is important to you; why you want to do it/reach it. Has anything changed in your life that now causes you to look at the dream in a different manner?
- Evaluate–are you doing what you need to do to get to your dream? Are you letting other things or other people get in the way of your dreams? Are you making choices that are sabotaging your dreams? Are you satisfied with the progress you are making? What can you do to stay on track–or get back on track?
- Ask–3 questions of yourself:
- What should I STOP doing?
- What should I KEEP doing?
- What should I START doing?
- Mentor–find someone who can be of assistance; someone with the wisdom who can help you get closer to your dream. Perhaps YOU can, also, mentor someone who needs your wisdom.
- Commit–once you know what you want and need to do–DO IT!
You have traveled a long way this term. Do you want someone else or something else to determine where you will end up? Be proud of your efforts; be proud of your commitment; be proud of the work you will do in the weeks ahead. See the dream…your dream…and move toward it.
See you in class, scholars!
© Steve Piscitelli and Steve Piscitelli’s Blog, 2010.