Americans always have loved remakes. We have been remaking movies since The Great Train Robbery remake, which came out in 1904, one year after its inspiration. As with many remakes, however, the remake was a complete flop. Some people argue remakes are just a lack of new ideas; others believe they are just a fun new spin on an old story.
The original impetus in creating the first edition of Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life in 2008 was to produce a college success guide that directly linked college success skills to both professional and personal development. That’s especially important with the increasing trend of community and technical college students entering the workforce upon graduation as opposed to immediately moving on to a four-year college. To that end, the writing and research skills of the co-authors, Karen Mitchell Smith and Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, proved to be invaluable through the first two editions of this book.
Since that first edition, however, feedback solicited from instructors around the country combined with advances in digital publishing has resulted in a dramatically revamped third edition to be published in September 2012.
A few hours later, I came across another comment from yet another young woman: “Is there such a thing as too much excitement for one day?”
Life becomes chaos. As one task is finished, nine more pile up and the thought of never-ending work can lead to less-than-positive thoughts. Organization can help keep you sane. Rather than constantly juggling options, lists and deadlines in your head, write things down and watch as your personal power conquers the most complex of life’s obstacles.
There are many online applications and tools to help become organized. Zen Habits offers some great steps toward developing a better routine and lifestyle, DistanceLearningNet lists plenty of note-taking tools, and JournalingTools will help you master the art of self-reflection. Organization can be as simple as a pen and paper, but with a seemingly endless source of free applications, there is no reason not to get ahead.
The practice of journaling seems underrated, yet it is a powerful tool of self-exploration and evaluation. People feel better after talking to a counselor or psychologist because they get a chance to unleash all the thoughts and feelings they have been struggling to hold inside. Keeping a daily journal is a cheaper option to let out emotions and transfer them to a page. Reflecting on these daily thoughts and occurrences will instill a sense of progress as learning from mistakes and past events brings further development to the individual.
Journaling about things other people can relate to can translate into a blog that is shared with the world. Not only will it boost the awareness of the particular subject matter but may generate revenue as well. There’s nothing like people paying you for imparting thoughts on a subject of your interest.
College classes can be beasts and being prepared to conquer is half the battle. Many people pay halfway attention in the classes they choose to attend and do not bother opening the book until the day before the test. It’s always possible to squeak by in the easier classes but the purpose of college is to prepare students for the professional world, so it would be easier to go ahead and start now. Just like staying healthy, doing well in school requires significant effort and most people know what they must do; it is just a matter of putting the first foot forward and start walking.
It is obvious to read the book before class and take notes on what was read, then attend class and take notes there. Compound all the notes and read them until they are known. Simple in theory, yet going through requires effort. Once these practices become habits, the professional world will be a breeze, and the people that fluffed their way through college will struggle just to stay afloat.