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Maintaining effort in spite of challenges

College is not going to be easy. There will likely be many times when a course challenges you with concepts you’ve never encountered before. Managing a schedule that could include courses, work, and lots of other things will be a significant challenge. This is completely ok! Every student deals with these issues at one point or another.

What is vitally important is how you respond in those situations. Maintaining your effort and commitment to your goals will be an immense help, as will other factors discussed on this assessment (such as reaching out for help). While there are many resources that can help you in these difficult times, what’s most important is that you keep pushing forward toward your goals.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. 
The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time. 

Thomas Edison

How can I improve my Persistence?

Resources at NCCU

  • If there’s a hurdle in your way, schedule a meeting with your advisor to talk about the challenge and learn more about the programs and services available at your college or university.

  • It’s always a good idea to talk to someone like a counselor about challenges you’re facing, particularly if they have you feeling like you can’t persist to overcome them. Your school offers free, confidential counseling services that help many students through all types of situations.

  • The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides accommodations and support services to NCCU scholars with a learning difference, disability, or medical condition to ensure all Eagles have access to academic success.

  • The Writing and Speaking Studio is a space where students across disciplines are welcome to hone their communication skills in writing, speaking, and nonverbal expression, with full assurance that their individual needs, identities, and voices are honored. 

Online Resources

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