Week 9: Make Tough Decisions
"Being able to stand up and say, 'This is what I need for myself,' is going to make you a better, happier person."
— Jason Watkins, Kent State FlashGuide studying Athletic TrainingSee what else Jason had to say »
It's a lifelong skill
You dealt with peer pressure as a middle school and high school student. These types of experiences will carry over to your college years — and perhaps even your adult years. Even though you control your circle of friends as you grow older, you will still find yourself in challenging situations. You may wonder if a particular relationship is right for you. Your siblings may expect you to remain in proximity to care for aging parents vs. taking advantage of a career opportunity on the other side of the country. Your best friend or cousins may attempt to coax you into a vacation you really can't afford. Clearly, you'll have plenty of practice at making tough decisions beyond college.
While making a tough decision can be uncomfortable, once your decision is made and shared, you're likely to feel a sense of relief.
How to arrive at the decision?
- Talk the issue through with someone you trust - a parent, mentor, professor or friend.
- Try the traditional pros and cons list.
- Consider whether the outcome brings with it positive or negative fallout. Are there moral or legal ramifications?
- Would your decision be something you can reflect on later in a way that the memory brings with it a positive feeling?
Common Challenges at College
Kent State offers various resources for some of the more common situations you may encounter at college, including:
- Interested in switching your major? Explore how credits will - or won't - transfer.
- Considering a party invitation where alcohol or drugs will be prevalent? Is it worth the risk? Take advantage of this ethical decision-making quiz.
- Get familiar with the Kent State Student Code of Conduct.
- Unsure of whether a friend or acquaintance needs assistance? Review the Step Up Speak Out website, it contains information on dealing with disruptive or distressed individuals.
- Do you or a friend need assistance dealing with a violent relationship? Do you know the signs of a violent relationship. Get educated by visiting Kent State's Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services website.
Juggling personal and professional relationships, homework, a part-time job and extracurricular activities is complicated. Rely on your planner or calendar to help you maintain your focus. Are you keeping up with your classroom assignments?