A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to judge some student organization awards at my alma mater. I was impressed with both the quantity and quality of the programming these organizations undertook, but more important is the idea I got from the award submissions.
The idea I think will be useful to you relates to achieving academic goals. Something several of the organizations did was to set up a system of incentives for achieving academic benchmarks. Different organizations placed emphasis on different kinds of achievements, as should you, depending on your personal goals. Some valued GPA’s, others rewarded individual test grades, and still others celebrated class attendance.
The point is that you can set up, for yourself, with your roommate, or within an organization, a system of rewards or incentives that celebrate academic achievement. You could reward yourself with dinner at a nice restaurant for achieving a certain GPA, buy your roommate their favorite candy bar because they aced a difficult test, validate class attendance in some visible way that celebrates or rewards it, or post high-achieving group members’ photos or profiles in a public location. Give yourself and others something tangible to strive for and reward positive behaviors. Silly? Yes. But it works.
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