Post Suspension/Dismissal Appeal Approval
We are hoping by this time that you are excited, but that you are aware of the sensitivity that comes along with readmission. You’ve leaped the suspension/dismissal hurdle, so now what?!? You’ve been granted a third chance for whatever reason, so what are you going to do to take advantage of this opportunity? What motivates you? How are you a different student for having gone through the process?
Nine times out of 10, we are here because what we have already attempted didn’t exactly resonate as efficiently as we would have liked (Notice the “we” in there). So before the next step of what to do (the “now what?”), how about we start with the, “what NOT to do“…
Relax…Yes, you just avoided a year from suspension, so take a breather, this is the first step, but anything longer than the time it takes to retool and reboot is wasteful…You know who you are! Don’t be that student…
Say: “I need to take everything NOW!!!”. The simple response here: No, no you don’t. Of course multiple classes can be beneficial, so by no means does that mean drop everything. Re-evaluation time: Decide what gives you the best chance to succeed in the present. Think of your road to graduation as a marathon with consistent academic support and a strategic plan that will ultimately lead to your own finish line. The concept here is that sprinting or walking rarely suggests effective approaches to academic success. So what path is best for you? (Cough, a good time to see your advisor).
Think, I am a better student than this, it will just turn around on its own (As a matter of fact, I’m hoping that this statement actually made your cringe). Yes, you are a better student than that, but failing to avoid broad statements like, “I just have to work harder”, or “I know what I have to do now”, tend to be academic traps. So what is it that you will do to work harder? What are the things you have to do and how will you do them differently? There is a pretty serious gap separating hoping for change and creating change. Besides, isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome?
So, ultimately, this feels pretty negative (if of course you view it that way…But this is much more an opportunity than anything else. So now what can we do?!?
This is an opportunity, an additional chance to be successful. Go see somebody and take a step now, your academic advisor, faculty advisor, mentor, tutor, etc. Your new plan for success is not that far removed from where you read right now. We CAN be of assistance to you. You CAN help yourself…but it has to start somewhere…