TGIF: Black Lab Puts Concept of Perseverance in Motion
Perseverance is far from a distant concept to dedicated online students who are serious about furthering their education.
As someone who frequently hears about inspiring distance learning stories, I tend to think about perseverance in a variety of ways:
Today's TGIF Video of the Week represents perseverance in a different way.
In late February, it can snow at any moment in many parts of the country, including Grantham University headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Others on the east coast, who have been through Hurricane Sandy and nor'easters this winter, can relate to fluctuating weather situations.
I recently came across a video that highlighted perseverance in the midst of inclement winter conditions. The following footage features a black lab and his owner the day after a mammoth snowstorm hit Grand Rapids, Mich. The dog and his owner are outside playing a friendly game of fetch. Only in this instance, when the owner throws a dog bone, it lands in several feet of snow. It's buried so much that you can't even see it.
As you watch the TGIF Video of the Week, keep the theme of perseverance fresh in mind:
Several feet of snow couldn't stop the young lab. In a different way, the dog displayed a strong sense of perseverance by retrieving the bone.
When perseverance is on your side, you are able to accomplish more of your goals, as many online students are aware.
At the beginning of the year, many adult learners consider furthering their education for self-satisfaction, a pay raise, a promotion or to set an example for others. When you make the decision to start school, being driven to succeed makes the journey more fulfilling. Here are three signs that perseverance is on your side:
- You often think of your "why": Keeping your motivating force fresh in mind is an effective way to derive inspiration for your online degree program. What drives you? We blogged about this question a few months ago.
- You lean on your support team: Ideally, speak to your family ahead of time about your academic goals and tell them how much their support means to you. This will allow them to become a part of your educational journey. Furthermore, utilize the many resources at your online school, such as admissions representatives, student advisors and instructors.
- You effectively balance your schedule: Distance learning makes it possible for adult learners to pursue an education, keep their full-time job and care for a family. It takes a keen focus on time management (tips here) and an extensive amount of perseverance.
What is your best example of persevering to achieve a major goal? Let us know in the comments section below! Happy Friday, all. Have a fantastic weekend.
About the author: Eric Sorrentino joined Grantham University as Social Media Manager in October 2011. Prior to that, he blogged about Big 12 Conference athletics for KUsports.com and was a sports copy editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.