Degree commentary

It’s time to wrap up this discussion on you pursuing a degree in 2013.

Two encouraging analogies
Regardless of how you decide to pursue it, completing a degree involves a lot of work but throughout my degree programs, the following helped to keep me focused when I felt overwhelmed.

Eating an elephant
Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time

A bachelor’s degree is designed to take you 4 years to complete. You can complete in a shorter amount of time if you can shoulder a greater number of classes during a semester or double up on classes during the summer break. The reality of any degree program is that you complete it day by day.

Each day you complete your required reading, work on a class project, sit an exam, or participate in a discussion group you are working toward your degree. Eating an elephant is a daunting task but eating it one bite at a time you will eventually complete the task. This approach holds true for a degree program – the program will consist of X number of classes, each of Y weeks duration. By focusing on the tasks that you need to complete each day per the course requirements you will eventually complete the entire program and graduate with your degree. A wonderful example of The Slight Edge ( in action.

Medical student
Question: What do you call the student graduating last in his class at Harvard Medical School?
Answer: Doctor

Course grades are important to maintain your eligibility in your degree program, and graduating with honors is an incredible academic achievement, but don’t allow them to distract you from your overall goal. In the corporate environment your degree carries value, regardless of any accompanying honors or absence of same. Obviously you should push yourself continuously academically, but remember that a C grade in a bachelor’s degree program secures for you the same course credits as does an A or B grade so take the credits and get better grades in your subsequent classes (only A and B grades matter when pursuing a master’s program though).

A final thought
I’m always deeply impressed by people who hold the honor of being the first in their family to graduate from high school or university. What an incredible achievement for both the individual and their extended family. Consider how many generations of that family will pursue further education simply because a previously invisible barrier has been eliminated.

So now it’s your turn. Do you plan on pursuing any type of further education this year? If not, did this blog spark any interest in you? Comment below and let me know.

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