Missing classes / Absenteeism /
Scheduling routine medical and dental appointments during class hours as a good
"excuse" to be absent or in order not to miss work / Being careful to use up every allowable
class absence during
the semester / Missing
class to travel home during the semester in order to attend family birthdays,
adventures / Taking off extra days early before holidays or Spring Break.
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
as your top priority / Not having a plan "B"
ready for when they unexpectedly change
your work hours or ask you to work overtime.
Letting homework or readings pile up / Cramming / Procrastination
/ Leaving assignments to the last minute /
Not having a
plan "B" prepared for catching up just in case you get sick or get significantly behind in your
Keeping late hours / Not enough sleep /
Excess TV or entertainment viewing / All-nighters
/ Reserving your best hours for work
and play, leaving your studies for when you are dog-tired.
Not seeing college as one of your #1 jobs while enrolled
Never stepping onto campus except for classes / Being a "freeway flyer," always rushing home,
or to work, as fast as possible right after
classes, never staying back for study, research or fun.
Lack of identification with and pride in the
University / Not self-identifying as a college student as one of your
primary identities / Not having any UTEP "school spirit."
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.
Not being a learning-driven student
Being in college mainly because you want to put off facing "real life" /
Going to college just because you get financial aid or VA benefits, or
because you need a college diploma to compete for a decent job, not because
you want to learn anything / Being proud that you "don't give a damn!"
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 / Thinking
you know all this stuff already / Being proud of wasting your college
years or drinking them away instead of getting the most out of the thousands
of dollars you pay to attend,.
Overspending / Debt / The credit card trap /
"Shopping therapy" / Bad
budgeting / No budgeting / Running out of money
to pay for school.
Having 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" ready if your family support unexpectedly dries up,
if your parent, caretaker or spouse suddenly discovers 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.
Depending on undependable transportation to get
/ Not having a transportation plan "B" ready for car
problems, if the bus is late, or if your ride doesn't show up / Not bothering to consider transportation
arrangements for after class hours or special events when necessary.
Approaching college thinking “I'm the
customer, I pay my good money to go here, and the customer's always right." / Going to
class with an "Entertain me!” attitude.
Bringing personal, family and household issues to college instead
of leaving them at home
/ Not having a plan "B" ready for
when your child
gets sick, if someone you are responsible for gets high or goes on a drinking
binge, 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 case 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
/ STD’s / Not having a plan "B" for continuing your studies in case you unexpectedly
come up pregnant, or if your wife or female partner unexpectedly finds herself pregnant.
Cheating / Plagiarism / Pulling papers off
the Net /Buying papers online or
from other students
/Not having a plan "B" ready for when you can't get an
assignment in on time or simply don't understand it.
Still seeing yourself as a "kid" /
Social, community, political and intellectual apathy / Thinking "I refuse to grow up!"
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 / Complaining that
"I HATE history; I HATE math, I HATE science," etc. instead of just sitting
down, studying it and learning it well.
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,
Skyping or online with friends,
classmates, family, spouse or lover.
Keeping an exclusive or too narrow focus on your major, or on one single
personal interest, activity or goal (sports and coaching, music, athletics, dance,
cheerleading, writing, drama, fashion design, programming, netware, graphic
design, gaming or game
design, etc.) with no time, interest or tolerance for any other subject or
High-risk or aggressive driving / intoxicated driving /
/ talking on the phone or texting while driving.
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 decide you don't like the professor / Dropping
classes as soon as the prof's start demanding serious study
Seeing professors as your enemy or as your opponents, not a resource to be
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.
Primarily concentrating on making social or
professional contacts or on finding girlfriends / boyfriends / sex partners,
instead of on classwork
Trying to keep up a long-distance engagement,
marriage or intimate
relationship while in college
/ Premature engagement, marriage
or pregnancy 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 and extended
family instead of seeking new friends and broadening your horizons
Devoting too much time to online gaming / Facebook
/ Twitter, etc. instead of schoolwork
Spending too much time and energy on rebelling
against parents, family, injustice, discrimination, or against society in general, or
concentrating 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 campus with an "I don't take s**t from
no one" attitude.
Kissing-up / Trying to succeed by befriending,
flattering or even flirting with the 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.