How to motivate for college

We see everyday that almost every student hates college. But what do they hate? Going to college, or college? Do they really hate educating themselfs?

As we all hate college, it is interesting to look at how we can motivate for college. How we can love going to college every day!
How not to motivate for college
  • Resemble yourself with other students. This works great on the short term; you want to become the best, the most successful student in your classroom and you are going to work for it. But on the long term, it doesn’t work. You give up, you will never be that best student. You won’t get straight A’s and you get in your ‘hating college’ mood again. This will not happen if you know the real reasons why you study. And with that motivation, you may have the best grades also, because you love to study!
  • Pass college for your parents. Your parents want you to become successful in life, so you need to go to college and get your diploma. And you think: ‘Allright, I only need that diploma.’ And you get that diploma, not full of A’s, but full of B’s and C’s and you are satisfied with it, because your parents are. This isn’t a motivation to become outstanding. It is a motivation to become mediocre.
How to motivate for college
  • Know why you do it. As young kids we all had dreams. Becoming a firefighter, policeman or becoming a doctor. You need dreams too. I want to become a neurologist, what do you want to become? Noble-prize winner? You want to start your own company? Now where you study for, make those dreams and make them reality by studying hard!
  • Love educating yourself. You need to love to suck up knowledge. If I am at a party, and I can tell things others don’t know, I feel great. You too right? (Or am I just some crazy kid) It is fun to know really much, it’s fun to understand as much as you can!
  • Go to frikkin’ Africa and see why. Go to the poorest countries of the world and see why you need college. They don’t get that chance, and you are going to blow the chance they would kill for? You ain’t going to make the most of it? How can you explain that to that kid which doesn’t have water that very evening? Tell me, how? You didn’t feel like studying? Come on man, make the most of your opportunities!
  • Accept it. Accept that college is going to take time. But if it does take time, make the best of that time. Put in a little more time, to make the time you have already putted in, is used for a better purpose. College takes time, accept it.
If you don’t go to college now, you think that it stinks and you just don’t go and convert your part time job into a full time job. What is going to happen?
  • You don’t like your job.
  • You will count the hours you have to work at your job.
  • You arrive exactly at nine and leave exactly at five.
  • You will live towards your retirement.

What about it? Everybody has these problems

No they don’t. Or they shouldn’t. You should love your work. Your job should be at the level you are able to work. If you can get A’s in college, you shouldn’t end up at the McDonalds, make full use of your capacity.

But there is good news, there is college!

Westwood College runs an awesome campaign at the moment. You can find it at Westwoodhelp.me, it is a campaign about you, you can still save your carreer. This campaign comes with videos of which only one is released yet. This video is a great example of someone who doesn’t like his job.

This guy doesn’t like his job, clearly. He makes it better than it is when the camera is in front of him. You see that he wanted to become something else, and now he didn’t became it, he is pretending that this is a really cool job. How long will he keep pretending? A couple of years maybe. More vids will be released soon, I will update this post to show them also! (For more information about the campaign, visit the site: Westwoodhelp.me)

Of course is college not fun every day, but make the most out of it. The tips I gave in this post are tips to motivate your deeper self, to keep motivated for years. But there are some ways to motivate yourself on the short term also. Keep having fun in college by enjoying the moments with your fellow students, funny profs. Motivate yourself and enjoy your college time and you won’t end up as an ‘Armadillo-from-the-road-scraper’!

I am going on vacation to China this week, so I won’t be editing comments or replying to them. I have scheduled some posts, but I am not sure if it works. Anyway, see you next week!

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Stefan Knapen is the founder and big boss of StudySuccessful.com. As a 23 year old med student he is trying to become more productive, more successful and more awesome overall in life. Stefan loves coffee, but tea as well. He is currently busy building niche sites and start to create a full-time passive (student) income on the internet!



18 Comments


  1. I do most of the things you describe in the post and I enjoy college. As I move into my classes I am taking for my major it will get even more enjoyable, because I am passionate about the material I will learn.

    Although knowledge is great, you need other things to help your experience. You need down time during the day and time to enjoy yourself with friends on the weekends. Also, joining clubs and sports are a great way to get involved. I participate in a bunch of intermural sports and look forward to every game.

    College is about learning as much as you can to develop your career and find your passion. It is also the four most fun years of life as every adult preaches, so enjoy it!

  2. I have yet to go to college (one more year!) and I’m pretty excited. I understand that school is important for succeeding, because knowledge is essential to getting where you want to get in life.

    You should definitely not go to a college just because your ‘rents push it on you. Pick one that you like and go for it.

  3. Thanks for the comments Corey and Ryan!

    Ryan, I do agree with you, clubs are a great way to improve your college experience. I have joined a debate club last year and did other things which involves a lot of meetings to organize something and I consider that year as the best year of my high school. Joining clubs and sports also of course is indeed a good way to get more fun out of college!

  4. How about enjoy it, and be happy it’s not a 9-5 job for four more years. The more you get out if, the more you will enjoy in your career.

  5. Like Corey, I have yet to go to college. I’m super excited for it too.

    In relation to your post, I had a friend who travelled about 6 different African countries. When she was telling us all about her trip, she mentioned several times how lucky she felt to be going to university the next year.

    Anyways, I laughed so hard at that video! Have fun in China.

    - Logan

  6. “How can you explain that to that kid which doesn’t have water that very evening?”
    - yo i live in africa. explain to me ;)

    haha

    awwwsomeness. as usual.
    alex – unleash reality

  7. Haha! Maybe I should be more specific, Africa is a pretty big continent!
    Rob, you are completely right of course! That is what I meant with the last couple of sentences. Just enjoy it, it is a good time, maybe the classes aren’t, but hanging out with friends, the life of a college student, is a good time!

  8. The life of a college student is a great time! That being said… classes can be pretty dull :(

    What motivates me? Having worked my fair share of crappy jobs… anytime I think college sucks, I realize what’s waiting for me on the other side of the spectrum!

  9. Those situations of hating my job, counting hours until the workday is over and living toward my retirement is exactly what I’m trying to avoid by going to college! My older sister is in college and I hear her complain about late nights, papers and tests but at the end of the day she likes her school, has a lot of friends and is having a ton of fun. I’m so excited for my chance to live the “college life” and am just hoping I end up somewhere that allows me to enjoy my 4 years. One of my friends told me about this thing called AcceptEdge that tells you where you might fit well based on your grades and interests and it’s definitely helped me pick out a few options. My sister’s jealous that she didn’t have something to help her when SHE was choosing a school!

  10. Ashley you should of checked out mychances.com – it’s like the same thing but other people can rate your chances too!

  11. The problem is finding out what you love, and choosing between that and something practical.
    I’m a neuro/phys major, and I just don’t particularly care for where it’s going to take me. Science isn’t something I love. I don’t really know what I love.
    My parents are African, actually, so I have no idea how to relate to your article. My mom has the head for things like chemistry, and biological science. She loves it, she would have loved to go pre med. But societal standards kept her from it.
    It’s just like you say, so many people in Africa, or anywhere really would kill to be in my position, have the opportunities I have. How can I look my mother in the eye and tell her I gave up my seat in science because “it’s not my passion?”

    God, and just last week I decided to stop looking to switch my major and settle for this one, my reasoning being, if I just get through this, I have a higher chance of getting a job, even if it’s one I don’t like.
    The world is so unfair. Someone else would be doing so much more with the opportunities I’ve been granted. It sucks being so useless.

  12. “If you don’t go to college the below will happen.

    You don’t like your job.
    You will count the hours you have to work at your job.
    You arrive exactly at nine and leave exactly at five.
    You will live towards your retirement.”

    disagree, disagree, disagree. I’ve always felt the only thing worse than ignorance in “journalism” (if that’s what this is?) is arrogance- and this article shows both…. (Read just before this paragraph for this gem of knowledge: “Go to frikkin’ Africa and see why. Go to the poorest countries of the world and see why you need college.”)

    There is nothing STUPIDER in my opinion than telling a high school student they NEED a college education. In fact, I had a high school teacher who very adamantly told his classes each year, “You don’t all need to go to college. The truth is, we still need people who will man the fences. We need soldiers, we need grocery store cashiers, and we all know corporate America loves their fast food- we need someone to serve it… That’s just fact. That’s life. And there’s nothing, NOTHING, wrong with making an honest living.”

    Aside from that, I have a bachelor’s degree in a major I am PASSIONATE about. I went to school for it because I loved it. I love to learn. I love professors that love their job and are always challenging students, asking them to look beyond the textbook definitions. I like to rise to the challenge, it MOTIVATES me (and on the other scale of that spectrum, classes where the professor makes the assignment as easy for themself as possible, makes me shut down, give up, and ignore the content.) School is something I truly care for and am a big advocate for, believe me, I am. But it is not REQUIRED for you to like your job. (And we all know there are plenty of college graduates who STILL hate their job!)

    I work in my family’s business. I LOVE going to work everyday. I don’t count the hours until I get to leave (we don’t even have a clock on the wall because I just don’t care what time it is!) I arrive early, and whenever I’m needed, I stay late. I go in on my days off to check up on my staff, or visit with customers. And I’m not living for the day it’s over, I plan to walk into work everyday until I can’t anymore, and then I’ll be wheeling myself in in my wheelchair. I love what I do, and I’m not using a single damn dollar of my $20,000 degree to do it- Oh well! College did NOT give me my job, and it isn’t what makes me like my job.

    Telling students they’re bound for a lifetime of misery if they don’t go is one of the most foolish things I’ve ever heard. What we SHOULD be telling the next generation is that a lack of motivation will cause them to hate their jobs. Because that’s all “Go to College” REALLY means, is find something that motivates you and DO IT.

    “If you can get A’s in college, you shouldn’t end up at the McDonalds, make full use of your capacity.” SCREW THAT. If you’re motivated to go to work every day, if you truly enjoy your job, even if it IS at McDonalds, (and there ARE people who enjoy that, it’s disrespectful and ignorant to talk it down,) then by golly go do it! There’s NOTHING wrong with that, and there’s nothing wrong with not going to school.

  13. Stefan, I am a college graduate currently working on a Master’s Degree. I came across your website because I was researching ways to motivate my 16-year old brother to put more effort into his academics rather than his social life. But, I have to tell you that for a 22-year old college student, who claims to enjoy school, you really need to spend more time and energy studying for your English classes, or hire an editor for your site. Your grammar and mechanics are atrocious.
    Something to think about, Stefan.

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    do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    many thanks

  15. Excellent article. I absolutely love this website.
    Continue the good work!

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