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1-answer the journal questions, and then answer the student questions separately . and then answer the do one different thing this week. this class is "creating success in college".

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Everyone gets off course at times, but only those who are selfaware can make a course correction to improve their lives. 1. Write about a time when you were off course and took effective actions to get back on course. Examples include ending an unhealthy relationship, entering college years after high school, changing careers, stopping an addiction, choosing to be more assertive, or changing a negative belief or bias you held about yourself, other people, or the world. Dive deep in your journal entry by asking and answering questions such as the following: • In what area of my life was I off course? • What choices had I made to get off course? • What changes did I make to get back on course? • What challenges did I face while making this change? • What personal strengths helped me make this change? • What benefits did I experience as a result of my change? If I hadn’t made this change, what would my life be like today? 2. Write about an area of your life in which you are off course today. If you need help in identifying an area, review your desired outcomes and experiences from Journal Entry 8 and your goals and dreams from Journal Entry 9. Explain which area of your life is furthest from the way you would like it to be. What choices have you made that got you off course? What will be the effect on your life if you continue to stay off course? The fact that you’ve made positive changes in the past is a good reminder that you have the personal strengths to make similar changes whenever you wish. All you need is the awareness that you’re off course and the motivation to make new choices. Student story 1-Sarah was aware that her choices were not the best. She states that she was doing things she knew she shouldn’t be doing. Think of a time when you did something you knew you shouldn’t do. Why did you do it? How did you feel after you did it? Were there any consequences related to your behavior? 2. Sometimes you can consciously avoid a bad choice by making another choice preemptively. For example, if you know a certain friend will want you to go out and party, you might make a healthy plan with another friend first. Or, if you know that you’ll be tempted to purchase food that’s bad for you at a certain store, you might choose to take a different route home. It’s important to develop the ability to say “no” in your life, but it’s also helpful to think critically about the temptations you face each day. What kind of preemptive choices could you make in your own life? How could you avoid or say “no” to the negative experiences that limit your success? In this activity, you will explore self-defeating patterns in your life that may reveal unconscious scripts. You’re about to embark on an exciting journey into your inner world! There you can discover— and later revise—the invisible forces that have gotten you off course from your goals and dreams. 1. Write about one of your self-defeating behavior patterns. Choose a behavior pattern that you checked on the list or identify a self-defeating behavior that isn’t on the list but that you do often. Remember, a behavior is something someone else can see you do. Develop your journal paragraphs by anticipating questions that someone reading it might have about this behavior pattern. (Even you might have questions when you read your journal 10 years from now.) For example, • • • • • What exactly is your self-defeating behavior pattern? What are some specific examples of when you did this behavior? What may have caused this habit? What undesirable effects has it had on your life? How would your life be improved if you changed it? One student began by writing, “One of my self-defeating behaviour patterns is that I seldom do my best work on college assignments. For example, in my biology lab. . . .” 2. Repeat Step 1 for one of your self-defeating thought patterns or for one of your self-defeating emotional patterns. Once again, choose a pattern that you checked on the list or identify a habit that isn’t on the list but that you often think or feel. You might begin, One of my self-defeating thought patterns is that I often wonder if I am smart enough to be successful in college. I especially think this during exams. For example, last Thursday I . . . Or . . . One of my self-defeating emotional patterns is that I often feel frustrated. For example. . . . Student story 1. Imagine that James Floriolli were one of your classmates. Think of at least two “On Course” concepts not discussed in this essay that could help James reach his dream job. Now, imagine having a conversation with James in which you explain in detail how he can apply these two “On Course” concepts in his life. What advice would you give him? Be as specific as possible in your response. 2. James struggles to follow through when he encounters setbacks. Sometimes we mistake temporary setbacks as personal failure. Have you ever stopped trying to succeed at something because you encountered a setback? What if you tried again? What would you do and how might you learn from your first attempt? Many famously successful people struggled early. If you have struggled in this way, describe the experience and discuss how you might improve or try again. In this section of your Toolbox for Active Learners, you’ve been introduced to 28 strategies for becoming an effective writer. Here’s an opportunity to experiment with one of them. First, review the strategies. Identify those you marked because they could help with one of your writing challenges. Now pick the one strategy you think would best help you improve your writing skills. Below, write the strategy with which you will experiment. Write just the number of the strategy and the one-sentence description of it that is in bold print. (For example, “27. Keep an error log.”) Then track yourself for one week, noting each day that you practice this strategy. Your goal is to do it every day. After seven days, evaluate your results. If your writing skills improve, you’ll have a learning tool you can use for the rest of your life. 1. Record your commitment for writing here (again, just the number of the strategy and the one-sentence description of it in bold). Which days of the week did you keep your commitment? 2. During your seven-day experiment, what happened? 3. As a result of what happened, what did you learn or relearn? 4. Complete this sentence: As a result of what you learned or relearned, I will… ...
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1. Write about a time when you were off course and took effective actions to get
back on course.
Since I was brought in a strict Christian family I learnt to follow instructions
and obeyed anyone who was regarded as my elder. I maintained my discipline nature
throughout my teenage life. I had been educated about how friends affect an
individual’s behavior but had not experienced it firsthand. It was not until I joined
college that I got the shock of my life. I met my roommate John the first day I
reported to college and he seemed a good and focused person. After my parents had
finished checking me in, they left to go back home. John and I were left to unpack and
organize our room. While we were unpacking, John informed me of a party that he
wanted us to attend since it was a freshman’s party. I had never attended such as
party, since I was brought up in a strict Christian family. Due to my curiosity and
much persuasion by John, I reluctantly accepted to accompany him to the party.
In the evening, we prepared to left for the party, which was within the college.
On reaching the destination, we found out that it was recruitment for a gang within
the college and not a party. All along John knew about it and was planning to recruit
me. I tried to run away but I blocked and beaten up and informed that once I was in
the building there was no exit until I was initiated. I relaxed in order to avoid more
punches and kicks. At first I was resistant but was persuaded by John on the
‘advantages’ of joining a gang. After some contemplation I relaxed and gladly
accepted to participate in the initiation. The first assignments for the initiation was to
shop lift a liquor store. We were briefed on the details and immediately swung into
action. On arrival, we went directly to the cash register and ordered the cashier to give
us all he had collected during the day. Little did we know there was an armed plain
cloth policeman in the store, he ordered us to put down our weapons and arrested us.

We were taken to the station and our parents called. I was lucky my parents were well
connected and they helped get out without a record. That day I knew bad company
ruins bad morals.
2. Write about an area of your life in which you are off course today.
My academic performance is quite off from my expectations. I am not doing
so well in my academic work and this has being concerning me for quite sometime.
When I first joined college, by primary objective was to focus on my class work and
emerge with an honors degree after completing my course. However, this hasn't bring
the case and this can be attributed to the fact that I spend a lot of my time at work and
focus on my job more. I really do love my job and enjoy it a lot and as a result, it is
consuming a large portion of my time. This is very wrong; although being passionate
about work is normal and highly recommended, this shouldn't be at the expense of
other important elements of one's life such as education.
This focus on my work more than on my class work will affect my overall
performance and significantly affect my final results that will determine my future.
Failure to perform well in my exams will have long-term consequences as I will not
manage to attain my future career and become the person I have always dreamt of
becoming. This issue calls for me to recheck my steps and per take abstract measures
to salvage my career before I manage to throw it under the bus. As a result, I have
decided to stop going for the overtime jobs regardless of their pay to be able to
concentrate on my wor...

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