It's time for the last big play of the semester. Depending on where you are academically, you may have had to regroup in order to get everything together. Perhaps you've been making first downs all along and touchdowns for the past 13 weeks. Others have been making steady progress towards the touchdown. However, for some of you, it's 4th and 10 and is your last chance to Make it work.
One of the things that is very important about college success is being honest with yourself and being real about where you stand, how you got there and what you can do to improve, if necessary. So before you go too far, assess all of your classes and determine what are the possibilities for a final grade given your current standing in each course.
Find out what's possible within the next 3 1/2 weeks, because that's really what you have. You have about 3 1/2 weeks of classes and then final exams to further affect your grades. In some instances you may be able to do a lot. In some instances you may not, but regardless of where you stand, commit to doing more. Do everything within your power to earn a grade. Do every assignment. Go to office hours for the remainder of the semester and create study groups. If you don't know anyone in your class to create a study group, reach out to those people in your class who you've noticed are asking good questions or clearly know what's going on in the class. Because it is late in the semester, it may be difficult to join an established study group, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Just because they're 3 1/2 weeks left in the semester doesn't give anyone, regardless of where you're standing right now permission to coast or to do nothing. some of you are at the top of your game. Some of you could probably do a little bit better, but no matter what you want to try your best to finish strong. If you're currently strong, stay strong. If you're facing challenges in any of your courses, then assess the possibility of what you can do in each course if you know where you stand. What I mean is when you know where you stand in each course, if necessary you know where to focus your efforts if you're dealing with multiple course challenges. Choose wisely because you want to make sure that you pass all of your pre-requisites with the grades (and understanding) you need for a good foundation for moving on to the next class.
So what I want you to do is figure out where you are, what you can do, and whether or not you're committed to getting it done. If you are committed to getting it done, then go all in. Know where your grade currently stands, figure out what assignments are left, and determine what grade is possible based on those two things. Then make the play by going to office hours, helps rooms, your campus academic success center, the writing center, or whatever makes sense for each course.
From this point forward, do your best to achieve your goal, even if your goal shifted a little. I want you to commit to doing everything you can in every class. You may not have may not make a touchdown, but you can move the ball down the field. Making it to your goal may take a good amount of effort or you might be quick on your feet. Either way, I know you can make it!
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