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My name is Alisa Affleck, and I am a mentor in the Secondary Science program. I have experienced WGU as a faculty member, as a student, and as the spouse of a student. WGU is a marvelous and innovative institution, and I'm grateful to be a participant in bringing about our shared mission.
When I meet with new students, I make them all a promise. Life is not going to politely accommodate their return to school. The grass will still need trimming, the car will still break down, children will become ill, work schedules will certainly be busy and unexpected tragedies might even occur. At times they may find school challenging and believe they cannot be successful with all the distractions and problems in their complex lives.
In addition to stating this difficult reality, I also share some wonderful news with new students! In spite of opposition, every day I see students thrive and realize their dreams of completing a degree. What is the key to their success? They are resilient, even when circumstances are tough.
Do you want to become more resilient? Follow some advice:
Remember, time will pass whether or not you choose to pursue a degree. The perfect opportunity and circumstance will probably not come. You might as well buckle down, learn to be resilient, and do it now.
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