Week 9: Make Tough Decisions

Take Risks

"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 Training

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Jason Watkins

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:


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?