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tonia
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0 posted 06-16-2003 12:56 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

i've been quite a slacker recently...not getting anything done,and not being very productive. does anyone of you have the same problem? what's your motivation to study? and how do you concentrate?


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1 posted 06-16-2003 07:16 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Knowledge... simply "knowing" something I didn't know yesterday... something new each and every day...
tonia
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2 posted 06-16-2003 07:47 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

thanks,Nan!! i asked my brother the same question, he actually told me that his motivation is just to get good grades on his test.
Paula Finn
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3 posted 06-16-2003 12:17 PM       View Profile for Paula Finn   Email Paula Finn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paula Finn

Speaking as someone who has just started college(after being out of school for 30 years) I'd have to say my biggest motivation just knowing what I have and will accomplish. Its not easy being the oldest one in the classroom. But the kids haven't treated me any differently than they do each other so that helps a lot. For a young person...try using this...walk in to a fast food restuarant...is the person behind the counter who you want to be ten years from now? Twenty? I know I'm on a bandwagon here, but education is the key to a better you. Even if you arent sure who or what you want to be, even just getting the basics out of the way helps. Sorry
tonia
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4 posted 06-17-2003 12:39 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

Paula Finn...
I believe you will be able to achive all your goals. I think my motivation is once again activated! thanks for your reply, best luck to you!
tonia
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5 posted 06-17-2003 03:28 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

I agree with Nan mostly.  Education - not a degree, but a real education is a wonderful thing.

I can honestly say that I am a fairly intelligent person.  I'm quick witted, grasp things well and learn easily.  I went into the Army after highschool and life took over from there.  After 15 years I returned to school. My first class in my first semester was Philosophy 101, I thought I would be bored silly.

What I found was that I was learning things I had only cursory knowledge of before. Suddenly I began to understand references to ideas that I had never fully grasped. Movies I had enjoyed made more sense, books became so much more enjoyable, because I was learning the concepts behind much of what I was seeing and reading.

The more education I recieved the better the flavor became of everything I was involved in.  My degree means little to me, it was the education I recieved in getting that degree that was of value.

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

tonia
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6 posted 06-17-2003 04:50 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

JP,
wow, i really admire your strong volition to study and learn.  you're right about being able to understand more materials as you study and understand more concepts, i will work hard to attain that field, too.
tonia
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Motivation gets you going, but i find myself in a rut most of the time. I don't study AT ALL and my grades are still in the high honors. I often ask myself why I continue keeping my grades up, because I don't do it for me. I realized it's reputation and appearances. I do it because I'm expected to. I excel because others demand it, and that's why my heart isn't on many of the things I do anymore. I'm tired of expectations, but I don't want my reputation marred from underachieving. Poetry and art are the only things that I do with passion. I'm not expected, or forced, to do it and so I enjoy it more than all the monotonous things I do. Knowing this is what my heart loves, knowing that this is of my own will and no one else's, this is the feeling that helps me continue to write. Though I haven't written poetry in a while, I still write actively, especially in my Xanga. So I am motivated to write and draw. I do my classwork and homework because it's a boring part of my routine

[This message has been edited by IcyFlamez89 (06-17-2003 03:25 PM).]

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8 posted 06-17-2003 03:45 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

My motivation?
The big stick I think that awaits me at the end of my road...that will hit me for NOT doing all the things on my 'I-want-to- do-list' in spite of being given multiple opportunities.
Yep, it's that big stick at the end of the road, the one I hope to keep under my control.
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9 posted 06-18-2003 07:39 AM       View Profile for Bec   Email Bec   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bec

i've just finished study at university, after three and a half years. the thing that kept me going was my goal to be a journalist, and that's what's going to keep me going when i start looking for work after i get my results in july.

my family was totally supportive of me, even when huge personal dramas threatened my study, and my sanity, so they were my motivation too.

Bec

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10 posted 06-18-2003 04:13 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Well, knowing I have to have a B average to keep my scholarship is good motivation to me..

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

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11 posted 06-18-2003 07:05 PM       View Profile for NickTofteland   Email NickTofteland   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NickTofteland

Motivation? How bout inspiration... my older brother (whom I very much try and model my life after)... always reached for that next rung on his ladder and I think that is what pushed me to make my way through college. After graduating from college, I am now enrolled in seminary and working on my third year. I think trying to use somebody as an example is a great way to keep yourself going.

Psalms 20:7 "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

tonia
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12 posted 06-19-2003 04:10 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

hey IcyFlamez89...
It's sooo nice that you can keep your grades up without putting much effort, I wish I could, too. I totally agree on what you say, your motivation is what I also used care about...but I'm glad you havent lost it and keep it up!
tonia
tonia
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13 posted 06-19-2003 04:12 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

Midnitesun...
yeah, there's always a forcing impulse leading you to the right path...but it seems as if I lost my stick....
tonia
tonia
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14 posted 06-19-2003 04:17 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

Bec and LoveBug,
i hope you guys'll be able to keep up the good work. it really takes a lot of temerity to go on the road you've chosed.
tonia


tonia
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15 posted 06-19-2003 04:21 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

hey NickTofteland,
that's a really good way to get your yourself motivated, I think I'll be looking for someone to pattern after, thank you!
tonia
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16 posted 06-19-2003 10:51 AM       View Profile for KristieSue   Email KristieSue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KristieSue's Home Page   View IP for KristieSue

At the moment, I feel like quitting.  So, I must say that my motivation is the fact that I don't want to be $30,000 in debt for an education I never received.  Also, encouragement from friends keeps me going.

Good luck :-)

Failure isn't failure if a lesson from it is learned ~ KS

tonia
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17 posted 06-19-2003 11:20 AM       View Profile for tonia   Email tonia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tonia

KristieSue...
dont lose your faith...because your friends and family all support you. I felt the same way before, too. dont ever forget that people who love you wont ever want to see you fail, so "have faith".
tonia
 
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