“If you have a dream, protect it.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.  If you want something, go get it. Period.”

Those words were spoken by Will Smith as Chris Gardner in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.  This is one of my all- time favorite movies because of the message behind the story of a homeless man who struggled to support his son, but later went on to become CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm. 

It is now the middle of the semester, which means that we have either had all of our midterms or are about to soon.  This is always the point in the semester where students get burnt out with studying, campus organization involvement, and part-time jobs.  I am blogging to help motivate everyone to continue fighting for what you ultimately want to achieve!  All your hard work from this semester will pay off whether you see it now or not!

Here are some advice to keep you motivated:

1.      Set your mind on the goal!  Set a reasonable goal for yourself that you can accomplish.  Setting goals helps you motivate yourself to keep working until you reach your destination.  Make sure that your goal is realistic and can be done within a short term period.  This way, you’re bound to work harder!

2.      Be Competitive!  One advice I got that I will never forget was: “If you aren’t studying or practicing now, somebody else is.  That person is getting ahead of you while you sit and do nothing.”  Seek each challenge as a chance to perform better.  This will also help you work harder for your goals!

3.      Find Support!  It is always nice to know that someone is supporting you no matter what the final outcome is.  Receiving encouragement will motivate you to do your best too.  These people can include your friends, your family, your professors, or people at the CAREER CENTER! 

Even though you have that BIG test coming up or the MASSIVE paper that you have to write, the Career Center is still here to give you support and advice on continuing your education at UGA as well as your next steps leading up to graduation.  Good luck to everyone and remember, “If you want something, go get it.”