Motivational help needed? Here are some words of wisdom!

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On May 3, 2023

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It is quite possible that your student could use some encouraging words as they face the busyness of the semester ending. Don’t worry, your student is not alone and we have all been there. Whether they have failed a class, didn’t do well on a test, or just missed home, it can be difficult to have extra motivation as the semester ends. Here are some motivational and inspiring quotes to share with your student when they are feeling the extra stress. 

  1. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani
  2. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you haven’t planted.” – David Bly 
  3. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier
  4. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe 
  5. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
  6. “There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – General Colin Powell
  7. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  8. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  9. “I’ve failed over and over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  10. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  11. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  12. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
  13. “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams
  14. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Seddiki
  15. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  16. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
  17. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Walter Bagehot
  18. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  19. “Your talents and abilities will improve over time, but for that, you have to start.” – Martin Luther King
  20. “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Jillian Michaels
  21. “Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.” – John Green
  22. “Every expert was once a beginner.” – Helen Hayes
  23. “Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey.” – Kristi Barlett
  24. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
  25. “Take control of your life. The instant you take control, interesting things will come to you.” – Douglas Adams
  26. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue those counts.” – Winston Churchill
  27. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
  28. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh
  29. “Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” – Usain Bolt
  30. “Seventy percent of life is just showing up.” – Woody Allen

Let Motivation Reign Through

If you can’t remember all of these motivational quotes for college students, write each one down on an index card. Keep them in your backpack, notebooks, desk, and textbooks to keep you motivated and persistent to do your best. Keeping these positive affirmations during difficult times can help you achieve your educational goals without burning out. It’s important to remember that all successful people didn’t achieve their goals overnight and worked hard every day for years to build their lives. 

It’s no secret that college can be difficult, but everyone who graduates says it’s worth it. So keep going, even if it takes longer than usual or you have to take breaks. Before you know it, you’ll have gotten through all the most difficult parts of your college career!


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