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What are some motivational tips to stay in school?

I've been contemplating lately whether should I do it or maybe hold a little longer to give up school.

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Alan’s Answer

Hi,

It can be hard to come up with reasons to stay in school. Whether it’s because you hate your school, your teacher, or your peers, quitting can seem like an attractive option. Make no mistake, it’s a bad one. The lifelong benefits of staying in school will make the struggle worth it. While not everyone is cut out for college, education is still important. Not only does it help you get a job and contribute to society, but it’ll also help you potentially live a long and healthy life.

Here are some other reasons you should stay in school:

Boost your confidence
Better chances of finding a decent job
Leads to a better social experience - friends, community, etc
Facilitates the knowledge to start an adult life, run a household, be a leader
Things cost less when you have an education - this leads to better credit, lower interest rates, making better financial decisions
Education makes us better thinkers and lets us figure out how we want to live

There are so many more reasons to stay and finish your education - school is tough, no doubt, but anything worth doing is not easy. Education is one of the most important decisions a person makes in their life because it is life-changing. Those who don't finish grade school find it more difficult to survive adulthood. Graduate! Once you do, you may find more opportunities opening up for you. It may even lead to a desire to go to a trade school or even college.

Best of luck to you!
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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Israel,

I love this question! It seems to me you might be feeling some pressure and it's probably not just about staying in school. Its probably more about why you're in school, what will you do when you get out, what kind of career you're going to have, and the best question of all: what am I going to do with my life?!

Well, school is a large piece of that. Yet, it's not the entire answer, either.

It took me too long to realize that school was less about the subject and more about the process of learning and learning how to learn. This helped me take the pressure off.

Remember, try not to compare your path to anyone else's. Some people just know their path or had it chosen for them early on and it may work out for them or it may not. It took me 10 years to graduate college because I changed my major a few times, joined the Marines, and I worked full-time. But I kept trying new majors until I found one that I really enjoyed learning about.

I have had a successful career in Technology for the last 20 years but my major was not Computer Science. It was Sociology. It helped me understand PEOPLE rather than the 1's and 0's, because I thought that people use technology, not the other way around. But that was my path.

There's no wrong way through education as long as you stay curious about yourself and yourself in the world.

But regardless here are some tips for staying motivated:

1. Set clear goals: Setting clear and achievable goals can help you stay focused and motivated. Break down your long-term goals into smaller, achievable milestones.

2. Create a schedule: Establish a routine that includes time for studying, homework, and other activities. Creating a schedule can help you stay organized and make the most of your time.

3. Surround yourself with supportive people: Surrounding yourself with people who support your goals and aspirations can help you stay motivated. Join study groups or seek out mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement.

4. Celebrate small victories: Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. This can help you stay positive and motivated to continue working toward your goals.

5. Stay curious and engaged: Stay curious and engaged in your coursework. Look for ways to apply what you're learning to real-world situations and explore topics that interest you.

6. Take care of yourself: Make sure you're taking care of your physical and mental health. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular exercise.

7. Seek help when you need it: Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Talk to your teachers or professors, seek out tutoring services, or reach out to peers for support.
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Michel’s Answer

I had a lot of times where I wanted to give up and just throw in the towel. I had some teachers that were awful in lower grades and others who didn’t care the further I went. School is hard it can take a big psychological toll out on people, but I found looking at your end goal was the biggest thing that helped me. I wanted to help people that is the biggest reason I went to school. I wanted to help people and I felt the best way that I could do that was by becoming a doctor. I took the hard moments and told myself if I want to help people then I need to get through this rough class. It was hard and sometimes you are going to be frustrated. When you find yourself overwhelmed take a step back talk to friends family loved ones and tell them you are having a hard time and just need someone to talk with. Friends can understand what you are going through make sure to work with them and tell them when you are struggling. It is okay to learn on other people when you need it and this is hard to get used to depending on how you grew up. People wont know you need help unless you let them know. Its hard right now, but think of that end goal and go kick its butt. I believe in you and these hard times are typically what make us stronger. You are amazing and I know you can do it.
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Broderick’s Answer

Throughout my life, I've always been enamored with the pursuit of knowledge. I felt that the more information I had, the more valuable I'd be as it related to my career endeavors. So for me, school was always one of the more exciting parts of my day...even though I was remarkably awkward socially. But through education, I gained a confidence that was immeasurable because, many times, while everyone else was trying to 'figure it out', I already knew the outcome. This principle of being able to think critically has become my lifeline throughout my life. And I have education to thank for it. It has allowed me to attain more wisdom, as Alan said, make more informed financial decisions, and, most importantly, know where I needed to be positioned in order to avoid tragedy as well as to take advantage of opportunity. Israel, as has been mentioned through many of these answers, the unique situation that has caused you to question whether education is the right 'fit' for your goals is one that ultimately only you can address. What we are here to do is give you hope that there is reason to move forward. That decision can be terrifying, but I challenge you with this thought. Anything worth having is worth fighting for... and the more terrifying the decision, the greater the reward that will come from it! I have faith that you'll figure it out and I'm encouraged by the strength you'll realize you have!! Good Luck to you!
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Jeffrey’s Answer

Make your school duties your highest priority. This is your opportunity to begin building great habits that you can carry into your career. Don't wait until the last minute to complete an assignment no matter how easy it may seem. Surround yourself with good people who practice good habits.
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Holli’s Answer

Hi Israel,

I will impart words of wisdom that I have shared with my own children as they were coming up. The road may be difficult but stay the course, it will pay off in the end. It may make the road easier to travel to set short term goals, and focus on completing those. Those goals that you set should lead you to your end goal. Take time to celebrate the small victories. Nothing in life is easy and there are no short cuts, once you decide that you want to not return or take a semester off, it's harder to get started again. If it's worth having, it's worth fighting for. Please don't give up and stay encouraged.

Good luck,
Holli
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Gabe’s Answer

It's seems more likely you'll reach higher income, safer, longer, more stable, predictable life with more education.
Thank you comment icon Loved reading this, thanks! Israel
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Claude’s Answer

What are some motivational tips to stay in school?
I've been contemplating lately whether should I do it or maybe hold a little longer to give up school.
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Why are you in school in the first place? What is your ultimate objective and goal?

Have you devised a plan to achieve your objective or goal?

How is your plan constructed? Is it divided into steps with measurable accomplishments?

Are the steps in your plan prioritized?

Do you have a mentor or a network that keeps you accountable?
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Rogelio’s Answer

Alan is spot on. Things in life can become easier with education. There are always other options to traditional schooling than what you're going through. Let me cover another aspect of your question. Think about what you're struggling with in school. Is it the actual curriculum or is there more to it?

As you get older and go through more struggles in your life, you'll think about quitting things or lose motivation like you stated. Most important thing I will note is to not give up easily. We all tend to lose motivation to do something, whether it's finishing school, homework, the dishes in the kitchen, or coming up with the energy to exercise.

Discipline rules all. It can become a strong aspect of your character traits. Discipline will keep you going when you lose motivation and will be a fundamental pillar for you to stand on. When you accomplish something worthwhile, you most certain feel a sense of success. You may not realize it now but it'll be all worthwhile as long as you see value in it. Education is one of those things that some people have a tough time realizing how important it is. If you're struggling with something, find out how you can become better or overcome that obstacle. You'll either have to adjust your approach or your adjust your perspective.
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david’s Answer

Hi, Israel,
I was once your age, and I remember the feeling that life would be easier if I didn't have to attend school, study, cram for tests, and endure whatever else was happening in school, but what all this is doing is grooming you for a successful life. School may sometimes seem to be too demanding or stressful, but if you give school work a priority, you will start feeling more empowered in class. Whenever you think of quitting, visualize what your life would be like five years later. Although you might be able to get a job now immediately, you'll be doing the same thing five years from now, while your former schoolmates are enjoying more satisfying jobs and higher salaries. Although it's true that you can always go back and redo those years, the years themselves are still lost. Don't do that. Refocus where you are now, look at your school attendance is your job, your job that is your ladder upward to a satisfying life. All the best to you.
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Ann’s Answer

Hi, Israel!

I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. You need to be motivated to stay in school? Would a million dollars do it? Think about this....

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly earnings for someone with a bachelor's degree is $1,305, compared to $746 for someone with only a high school diploma. That's a difference of about $559 per week, or $29,068 per year. Over a 40-year career, that's a difference of over $1.1 million in earnings. If you don't have a high school diploma, that gap is even wider. The median weekly earnings for people without a high school diploma is $606.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am not sure why you feel frustrated in school life or lack of motivation. Is it because you are not interested on the subjects or other reason?
Below are my suggestions:
1. Think about any subjects you have interest? Other than mandatory subjects, switch to subjects you have interest if feasible
2. Assign sufficient time for your revision and assignment every day
3. Attend extracurricular activities you have interest
4. Make sure you have enough rest and do exercise every day
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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