While sitting in class, it is common to hear one’s peers discussing the impact of school on their lives. The daily grind of school causes some students to experience a pendulum swing of highs and lows. Whether it is procrastination, personal issues and other obligations, school can become a debilitating force that elicits a loss of motivation.

Several experts offered helpful hints to reignite and maintain academic drive in students.

Assistant Dean of Special Services Kent Yamauchi reminds that being a college student means being future-oriented. “You are here for a purpose — to move forward in life,” he said. “But, you also need to break down your big goals into smaller, more manageable units of time.”

In the classroom environment, social sciences Instructor Julie Kiotas encourages students to attend classes fully prepared and fully present. She emphasizes that students learn as much as possible whiling engaging with the material, classmates and faculty.

“The more engaged you are, the more you will retain,” Kiotas said. “Try to actively integrate the material into your everyday life.”

President Dr. Mark Rocha advises that students find motivation in reconnecting with their past; students’ graduation from PCC is a way to repay their family. He feels that success in school is not only something that is fulfilling for the self, but also something that one’s family can take pride in.

“It’s not just about you; it’s about the others who helped to get you here,” Rocha said, via email.

When stresses begin to pile up, sociology and psychology Instructor Michelle Ireland-Galman emphasizes that it is important for students to remember that they are not in control of the various stimuli in their respective environment, but they are in control of how they respond to the stress.

When things are rough for her, Ireland-Galman perseveres and prioritizes, making sure that she does the best that she can, all the while remaining hopeful and optimistic. “Remember too, to believe in yourself and your fine capabilities,” Ireland-Galman said. “Your persistence will see you through. Stay steady in the boat.”

Yamauchi prescribes a plan: make goals and prioritize, seek social support, keep up physical and mental health, practice stress and time management, utilize motivational quotes, and reward yourself by celebrating accomplishments.

Yamauchi also suggests that students monitor their physical and emotional health, and reminds students to visit Student Health Services periodically, and Psychological Services to seek professional counseling in keeping emotions in check.

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