Working too many hours / Over-scheduling
/ Bad time management / Trying to fit too many things in a day / Not leaving
yourself plenty of time
to read and study
/ Not having a plan "B" for when they change
your work hours or ask you to work overtime.
Overspending / Debt / The credit card trap /
"Shopping therapy" / Bad
budgeting / No budgeting / Running out of money
Parents, household members, spouse or significant other not 100%
supportive of your being at UTEP or not understanding what college is all about
/ Not having a plan "B" if your family backing unexpectedly dries up,
if they decide on the spur of the moment that they need to move out of town, or if other
unexpected family crises occur while you are enrolled.
Relying on unreliable transportation to get
/ Not having a transportation plan "B" for when you have car
problems or if your ride doesn't show up / Not bothering to consider transportation
arrangements for after class hours or for special events on or off campus when necessary.
Approaching college with an “Entertain me!”
attitude / Being just part of the audience in your classes rather than a member of UTEP
Bringing personal, family and household issues to college instead
of leaving them at home
/ Not having a plan "B" for
when your child
gets sick, or if a childcare or elder-care provider lets you down.
Having a shaky, chaotic, unstable, conflictive or
unsafe home life when you go home / Tolerating domestic abuse or violence /
High-risk or poisonous emotional, intimate or domestic relationships / Trying
to deal with a messy divorce, separation or child custody while enrolled
Regular or frequent intoxication, alone or
with others / Binge drinking / Uncontrolled alcoholism / Illegal substance use / Coming to class drunk, “high,”
“stoned,” hung over, or with a buzz on.
Inappropriate sexual behavior / Unprotected or
intoxicated sex / Promiscuity / Unexpected pregnancy / Getting someone pregnant
/ VD-STD’s / Not having a plan "B" in case you unexpectedly
come up pregnant, or if your wife, lover, or a casual sex partner unexpectedly finds herself pregnant.
Letting work or readings pile up / Cramming / Procrastination
/ Leaving assignments to the last minute /
Not having a
plan "B" for catching up just in case you ever get significantly behind in your
Cheating / Plagiarism / Buying papers online or
from other students
/ Not having a plan "B" for when you can't get an
assignment in on time or simply don't understand it.
Still seeing yourself as a "kid" instead of
an adult /
Going through college with an "I hate school"
attitude, or as though you were serving some kind of a sentence / Being
stuck in a high-school type "me vs. the teacher" attitude.
Choosing a major that is not your major passion / Repeated changes of
major/ Drifting passively through school instead of
grabbing control of your own education
Roommate / apartment-mate / landlord problems
Spending too much time on the phone, texting, or online with friends,
classmates, family or lovers.
Keeping an exclusive or too narrow focus on your major, or on one single
personal interest, activity or goal (sports or coaching, music, athletics, dance,
writing, drama, fashion design, programming, netware, computer graphics or game
design, etc.) with no time, interest or tolerance for any other subjects or
High-risk or aggressive driving / intoxicated driving /
/ talking on the phone or texting while driving.
Keeping late hours / Not enough sleep / Excess TV
viewing / All-nighters
/ Reserving your best hours for work
and play, leaving your studies for last, when you are dog-tired..
Oversleeping for morning classes.
Scheduling routine medical and dental appointments during class hours as a good
"excuse" to be absent or so as not to miss any work hours / Being careful to use up every allowable
class absence during
the semester / Missing
class to travel home during the semester to go along on family vacations, reunions, trips or
Always trying to find the easiest and most fun
classes and easiest prof’s instead of focusing on what you need to take
/ Registering for 20+ credits each semester and then dropping all the classes
that look hard or boring or where you don't like the professor / Dropping
classes as soon as they start demanding serious study.
Focusing exclusively on grades and exams instead
of what you can learn in classes / “Cram and dump” learning
going to the professor to
plead or bargain for that extra point instead of earning the grade
fair-and-square / Being proud of your GPA instead of what you have learned.
Not seeing studies as your #1 job while enrolled
/ Lack of identification with and pride in the
University / Not self-identifying as a college student as one of your primary
Never stepping onto campus except for classes / Always rushing home right after
classes, never staying back for study, research or fun.
Inattention in class / Nodding off or sleeping in class / Texting or e-mailing
in class / Studying or doing homework
for one class during another class
Primarily concentrating on making social or
professional contacts or on finding girlfriends / boyfriends / sex partners
instead of on classwork
BS’ing your way through / Being proud of always
succeeding in your classes with the least possible reading, writing, thinking
or learning / "Putting something over" on your professors.
Trying to keep up a long-distance engagement,
marriage or intimate
relationship going while in college
/ Premature engagement or marriage while
enrolled in college.
Lack of exercise / Significant weight gain or
loss / Overeating / “The Freshman 15”
/ The Ramen Diet / The fast food diet.
Anorexia / Bulimia / Eating disorders /
Self-injury / Cutting / Burning / Self harm
/ Untreated depression.
Isolating yourself / Going it alone / Withdrawing
/ Dwelling on your own homesickness instead of engaging whole-heartedly
with UTEP and making friends here / Choosing to hang out exclusively with old
high school friends, “homies” and extended
family instead of seeking new friends and broadening your horizons
Devoting too much time to gaming / Facebook
/ Twitter / texting , instead of schoolwork
Spending too much time and energy on rebelling
against parents, family, injustice, discrimination, or society in general, or
on “making a
statement” (personal, social, cultural , musical, religious, racial,
political or sexual) instead of studying
Feeling sorry for yourself / Bitterness /
Resentment / Anger / Self-hatred / Lack of self esteem.
Ongoing, repeated or unnecessary conflict with professors, other students, or the
University itself / Walking around UTEP with an "I don't take s**t from
no one" attitude.
Kissing-up / Trying to succeed by befriending,
flattering or even flirting with prof’s instead of by studying
Over-committing to campus clubs, teams, organizations,
frats and sororities, music, sports, dance, church, etc. instead of classwork.
Failure to keep up physical health, including nutrition,
dental, vision, hearing, etc.
Failure to be aware of possible problems with
mental or emotional health, including culture-shock /
Insomnia / Self-medication / Crying yourself to sleep every night / Being
afraid to ask for help.