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12 habits that help UOPX students thrive

By University of Phoenix
April 27, 2020 • 2 minute read

As a college student, you’re used to digging deep and getting it done — and you’re not alone. We asked University of Phoenix students on Facebook what habits or mantras help them succeed. Nearly 400 responses later, we have a lot to share! Here are some of our favorite tidbits of advice from your fellow classmates and alumni:

Smart habits to consider:

No matter what if the internet is down at home, have a back up plan to ensure you meet your deadlines! Every point lost as a great impact overall. I.e. Library, Mcdonalds, places like these all have open internet 24 hours a day. I even found internet late one night sitting in a place where I find peace at the Seminary parking lot. Go figure! 1.

Nancy (MBA, HRM 2005)
Always keep in contact with professors! If you get sick, your kid gets sick, a storm knocked power out in 3 states, whatever. Stuff happens. They are human and will understand. I remember being somewhat intimidated looking at my statistics professor’s credentials. I am terrible at math to start and he had like six degrees, including a law degree! The first day his first post, he quoted Star Wars’ Yoda: Do or do not. There is no try. He turned out to be the most helpful laid-back professor of all.

Pace yourself and have fun with your classmates! Everyone works at different speeds and it’s all going to be okay. Laugh as often as you can because it helps ease the tension and keeps good working relationships with almost everyone.

Always have a mental day. A day of absolutely nothingness. Your brain will overload sometimes. You need the rest. Mine is Tuesday’s, but check in to make sure all is okay in class, especially the team assignment forum.

Buying a pair of shooting ear muffs helped me block out the world and stay focused on my studies

Take an interest within the current subject and put it to the test!

Words of encouragement to stay motivated:

Repeating, “It will all be worth it in the end.”

If it was easy everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.

Never too late. Simple but so true. That was my motto when I started my journey at UoP at 47 years old. I had 2 credits that transferred so I basically started over. Less than 6 years later I earned my MBA. Now when I meet people that wish they had a degree. I tell them, “It’s never too late” and proceed to tell my story. Proud that I am a Phoenix !!!

They told me I couldn’t do this. I have to prove them wrong.

I would always tell myself that this 3 years was going to happen no matter what! I might as well have a degree at the end of it!

Chopping wood. One assignment, one week, one course at a time. Dr. E