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“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

– Winston Churchill

What is perseverance?

Perseverance is the ability to stay the course when the path to one’s goals is covered with obstacles and/or barriers. From a very early age life is filled with challenges, setbacks, and discouragement. From learning to walk, using a fork, reading, writing, riding a bike, to running a marathon; just about everything a person does has some form of challenge that requires a degree of perseverance. What beats you? Is it the feelings of tiredness? Is it getting the equation right? Is it not knowing your way? Perseverance is your willingness to determine your own fate. In many ways perseverance is a choice: Will you grow? Will you move forward? Or will you stay fixed as you are? As you age, the degree to which you persevere will determine not only the goals you accomplish but, more importantly, the kind of goals you set.

Why is it necessary?

The minute a person decides to go to college the weight of perseverance is placed upon them. The road to completion of a college degree is teaming with obstacles. Perseverance is the quality that affords us the chance to deal with whatever form these barriers may take: tests, homework, managing a schedule, work, friends, living, driving, walking, the weather, and so on. Having the kind of fortitude that is consistent with persevering is arguably the most pervasive demand placed on any college student. College is one of the most rewarding times in your life, exercise perseverance in your work as a college student and embrace every opportunity to work hard and stretch yourself!