The battle against burnout has already begun, and when it comes to graduation, there are many forces warring against students.
Despite the challenges that students face, Educational Psychology professor Dr. Sandra Deemer says self-efficiency is essential to academic success.
Freshman accounting student, Tyler Durante, believes that if you set your heart for what you want, you will get the A. “Just knowing that I don’t want to be here longer than needed pushes me,” says Durante.
Still, how students translate their desire for success into favorable outcomes can prove difficult. According to MU’s College Portrait, 95 percent of seniors who participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor’s standards and expectations.
Finding success in most of her classes, sophomore Nichole Buddendorf was pleased to get above a 3.0 her first semester in college, which was better than her cumulative high school grade point average. However, there were instances when she did worse than she expected. Having taken AP psychology in high school, she expected an “easy A” but found she had trouble understanding what the professor wanted on tests, and, although she worked hard in World Oceans, she only attained a C. . . .