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JumpStart Your Learning Tutorial: Your Ideal Academic Self

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Visualize your ideal academic self.

Envision yourself walking across the stage at convocation and receiving your degree.

  • What will it take for you to get there?
  • What will your defining moments be?

You will be asked to reflect on these questions again, so jot down some of your ideas.

There are several opportunities for growth and reflection built into this module.
Be prepared to jot down your ideas every time you see this icon.


Achieving your academic goals will not be without challenge and/or struggle. Considering the ideal academic self you just envisioned:

  • What characteristics will you need to develop to become successful?
  • What strategies can you adopt to overcome any difficulties you will face as a first-year student?

Before we explore strategies you can adopt, let's look at some of the traits or habits of successful academic scholars.