Live Your Academic Life with Excellence


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Sherif Osni, Special Contributor

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece is by special contributor Sheriff Osni, a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

“Stand for what you believe in. Take the path less traveled, and remember that the first step will be the longest stride. The journey may be lonely, but what’s worth the prize is worth the effort. Let nothing stand in your way, because every second counts, and you will never get a second chance to live this life and make a difference.” ~ Bruce Bond

As a student you have already committed yourself to a large sum of educational investment that costs time, effort, and money. Therefore, you owe it to yourself, by yourself, for yourself to maximize the return on your investment (ROI). You are paying premium dues to attend TAMUC and it is your responsibility to make sure than you are also giving your academics premium attention in order to reap premium grades that translates to premium future opportunities. It is not realistic to give average attention and effort and expect premium grades, and future premium professional opportunities.

It’s one thing to know the goal and quite another to go after it with excellence and integrity.

It is imperative to be mindful that hopes, wishes, aspirations, and dreams do not lead to success; proper action must follow through and follow-up on these ambitions.

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.

Have fun. Enjoy the academic experience with all the available on and off-campus social, recreational, and professional development resources. Look into joining The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and the benefits it brings its members globally, and it is not for MBA students only, it is for all students of all disciplines. But be mindful that success does not happen haphazardly or by accident, and therefore you must plan your academic, recreational, social, and professional development, and then act by working your plan.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

You don’t need to wait a single moment to begin improving your SELF. It is entirely up to you and you alone; not the university, not the faculty, not your family, not your circumstances, and certainly not your friends. All you need is your mindset; your fate rests in your hands. What will you choose to do? When will you choose to do it?

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~ Edward Everett Hale