Setting a Course For Success in 2018!

By Concordia University Modified on January 12, 2018

Five ways to make a fresh start, then stay on track


Earning a university degree takes determination, discipline and focus. Now is an ideal time to work on your ability to juggle the many things you’ve got going on, without dropping the ball — and without experiencing skyrocketing stress levels. We’ve got a few pointers.

1. Dream

Stay motivated by maintaining a vision in your mind’s eye of where you’d like to be attending university September. For a little help picturing your future campus, check us out on Instagram.

2. Keep your eye on the prize

You’re half-way through your final year of high school and you’ve done good work so far. Now is not the time to let up. Make sure you know the kind of marks you’ll need to maintain to get into your program of choice.

3. Give yourself a break

The best way to keep up with a fast-paced, demanding schedule is not necessarily to work harder. The more regularly you allow yourself to press pause, the more energy and good humour you’ll have to help you stay feeling positive and moving forward.

At Concordia, students foster well-being through staying active (working out at Le Gym, playing dodgeball through intra-mural sports, or hiking with the Outdoors Club). Bonus: living in Montreal, you’ll get an automatic dose of joie de vivre.

4. Invest in your support network

Your social life is something you don’t want to let drop, no matter how focused you are on school work. Friends offer encouragement, inspiration and a critical mass of people moving in the same direction as you. Allow some of their energy to carry you. Whether it’s through study groups or coffee breaks, make time to connect with your people.

5. Find a mentor

Know someone who’s working towards their goals, while genuinely enjoying life? Learn from that person.