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At some point in your academic career, there is more than likely going to be a setback of some kind. It might be a particularly tough course that seems insurmountable, financial difficulties, a family matter that has an effect on your school work, or the nagging sense that perhaps you’ve chosen the wrong field of study.
It’s important to realize that nearly everyone faces a setback of some sort or other. You’re not alone, and it mostly certainly doesn’t make you a failure. How you face that setback and deal with it can make a difference—and you don’t have to do it alone. Here are tips for coping with setbacks and staying on track.
Don’t go it alone. There are people who want you to succeed as much as you want to. They may be your partner, parents, friends, children, and—not least of all—your mentors. Never be afraid to ask for help. It shows courage, not weakness, to admit you need a helping hand.
For example, if your schedule is overloaded and causing you to make mistakes and overlook things, ask for help to get things done. Maybe your partner or parents can pick up the kids and cook dinner one night, or perhaps a coworker could help you with some tasks. For many situations, one excellent resource is the Strayer University Student Services Coach program, a team of dedicated professionals whose sole focus is helping students achieve their goals. You might be surprised at the ways a Student Services Coach can help you, both academically and in figuring out how to balance work, school, and life.
Remember, setbacks are speed bumps—they’re not the end of the road. Very few are insurmountable. The key is in facing them and being willing to ask for help if needed. Even more importantly, the fear of setbacks should never hinder you from working to achieve your goals. The only real failure is refusing to learn and grow from your mistakes.
Are you ready to take the first step? Learn more about degree programs at Strayer University.