As a new student to NJIT, I am sure you are fully aware that you are pretty much on your own. No nagging teachers, no period bells, not one person to force you to do your work. How are you coping with that? Are you pushing yourself to maintain your schedule laid out for you during the summer? Have you slacked off (even a little)? No? Great, keep doing what you have been doing! Is your answer yes? If so, you need to toughen up and get going again. Decide right now that you will discipline yourself and make a concerted effort to get up to speed and back on track with your studies.
You do not want to begin any type of “downward spiral” towards not getting your work done. You must use your free time wisely. If you have something important (attend class, doctors appointment, job interview) to do, go do it. Get it done and over with. If there is nothing urgent to take care of, mix your “social time” (chat with friends, video games, time in the gym) with your “responsible time” (study, research, write papers, do homework). Find your comfort level, be consistent, and make progress everyday. Once you find your comfort zone it will be much easier to stay on track and the last minute “cram” session or dreaded “all nighters” won’t be necessary.
This educational journey you have embarked upon will lead you to a very rewarding and satisfying career even during these troubling economic times as long as you do everything in your power to “take care of business” and excel in your studies. Even if you choose not to become an engineer or architect, if you stay true to your original desire of doing whatever it takes to get your degree, you will be successful in whatever field you desire to enter.
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