Have you ever read The Student Code? It’s human to take for granted the privilege and honor given by being admitted into the University of Connecticut. If we remind ourselves of the success achieved by being accepted into this outstanding academic community, we can raise the bar not only for ourselves, but for our peers, professors, advisors and beyond graduation into our professional careers.
In its Preamble, The Student Code calls us all to “face the unfamiliar” and to “reflect on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of personal choices”. It’s important to note that your behavior, here and beyond, reflects on your character. Your character determines how you respond to the situations and circumstances of life. And your response to situations and circumstances of your life will help define your overall success in life.
Set reminders for yourself on some of the virtues noted in the “spirit of inquiry”. Create an alarm on your phone with words like “curiosity” and “honesty”. Put a post-it note on your bathroom mirror with the word “stamina” and “grace”. Find ways to build these characteristics into your everyday and find opportunities to support your goals.