UMKC welcomes all new students at Convocation on Sunday, August 24th…but the welcome doesn’t end now that classes have started. For new and continuing students, the University is here to support your success.
The first step is to OWN YOUR SUCCESS. Take advantage of the many programs, services and networks–but also be fully present so you can actively participate and learn from every experience. Go to class, get involved on campus, build relationships with a mentor or as a mentor, contribute to your community. These are the foundations of your success.
Next, be sure to STAY ORGANIZED. Staying on top of your many commitments, assignments, tasks, and activities is key to managing and coping with any stress from being fully invested in your education. A little stress is motivating, but remember: you can control how much your own organizational skills either contribute to or help alleviate your stress. Take a little time each morning to review your day and set some goals for what you want to accomplish–and why. This will help focus your efforts and set the tone for your success each day.
Finally, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. It’s ok to take a break from school. As you are organizing your day, plan some quiet time to relax or workout. While we encourage all students to get involved in organizations and activities, you don’t have to do it all. Find your passion and that will tell you where to focus your energy.
Have a fantastic semester–whether it is your first or your last at UMKC!