Essay on Causes of Failure in College

1802 Words Aug 21st, 2012 8 Pages
Are there noticeable trends to why students fail or succeed in college? Who is responsible for those failures and successes? Dr. Robert Pitcher of the Educational Development Center at the University of Alabama has developed what he believes are the 10 primary causes of failure of students in college (Pitcher, 2012). I believe that those 10 causes of failure can really be summed up to making wrong or inappropriate choices and refusing to take personal responsibility in your success in college. In this paper, I will touch on a few of Dr. Pitcher’s causes of failure in how I believe they relate to personal responsibility and how I had to change my attitude in implementing my own personal plan of college success.
Failing To Commit
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Three years ago, I stopped making excuses and enrolled back into school. Since then I have realized that you really have to be selfish about that decision to go back to school and to remain dedicated to doing your best at all costs. People may not understand, but you have to make it priority one to really be successful.
Failing To Have Long Term Goals
Can someone fail in being successful in college because they just do not know what they want to do in life? Dr. Pitcher believes being unclear about one’s long term goals is a common failure of students: One of the signs of maturity is the ability to delay immediate pleasure and look at long-range goals. These goals do not have to be specifically defined, but they must be one’s own. A student must have a sense of working toward a goal or reward that he or she really wants, whether it is the pleasure of a good grade, a still undefined career, or status and security. College work is likely to seem grim, difficult and even meaningless if it is not related to personal goals and objectives. (Pitcher, 2012, par. 4)
Pitcher is correct, to be really successful you must be clear about what your long-range goals are, you must set a plan and not limit it to just graduating, but what are you going to do with the degree once you are finished. Be clear in your long term goals and create a road map to success; know that you have to make sacrifices to reach those goals.

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