It’s Time for Self-Discovery

Keep Moving Exercise is one of the best stress relievers. And walking can be like meditation in motion. It’s also free and easily accessible on the UALR campus. Plan ahead to park in a distant lot and use the walk to improve your circulation and your attitude. Do not concentrate on problems or your studies; walk and enjoy it. If you prefer an indoor walking track, visit the DSC Fitness Center. Organized exercise classes are also offered in the DSC each semester.

Face Your Fears & Live Your Dreams
 Naming something, anything, takes some of the power out of it. What exactly are you worried about? What is the worst thing that might happen? And what would happen after that? Most of the time, it is something you can live with. Write down your worries, make a list. Putting them down on paper and getting them out of your head will help you to see that they are not as bad as you feared. Listen to your dreams and don’t give in to fear.

People Are Not Watching You, Really
 Do not obsess over what people might think about you. Chances are that they are not thinking about you at all. Studies have proven that people are only concerned with themselves. This ego-centrism means that they probably don’t take time to notice your age, your hair, your book bag, or you as much as you think. Listen to the psychologist and trust that you are not the focus of everyone on campus.

Listen to Your Intuition
 When you just know something, without evidence or reason, it might be considered intuition. When you make a decision based on rationalization but it just feels wrong, it might be intuition warning you that the decision was not the best for you. As you begin your educational journey, try to tune into those hunches and that little voice in your head trying to guide you. Listen carefully for hints in the form of confidence, assurance, and relaxation that you are following your intuition.

You Need Goals
 Take a minute to think about yourself. This insight will help you to see how you resemble other non-traditional students. Research by Susan Imel has uncovered the following traits:

  • Non-Traditional students have lots of life-experience that will serve as a resource for formal education and critical thinking skills.
  • A need to know or do something affects the actions of non-traditional students and helps them excel.
  • Successful non-traditional students are self-directed and able to stay focused.
  • Non-Traditional students are self-motivated to learn, to persist, and to stay the course to degree completion.
  • Non-Traditional students realize that learning will serve a purpose and will lead to success. They set goals.

Learn to Manage Your Time
 You life is full and managing your time will be critical to your success at UALR. Here are some helpful tips on staying organized while you juggle life and school as a non-traditional student:

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Pick up and keep a copy of the Pocket Registration Guide each term for a list of important dates.
  • Develop a personal calendar that you can carry with you, like the UALR Life Planner. Mark important dates from the Guide and from each syllabus for your classes. Include not only test dates, but dates when papers are due, project due dates, scheduled readings, mid-term and/or final exams, study days, holidays and scheduled breaks.
  • Next, be sure to enter dates important for your personal well being, social life, and family time. Include birthdays and celebrations, holiday events, and entertainment, as well as exercise and relaxation time.
  • Each week develop a daily schedule that includes routines and important dates.
  • Post this weekly schedule in your study area for referral and review.
  • Mark your progress for a sense of accomplishment by checking or striking through the written entry.
  • Each evening make a list or schedule to help you get ready for the next day. Include regular routines, errands and important appointments.
  • Be prepared to exercise your flexibility. Plan to stay calm when things don’t go as scheduled.