3 Character Traits to Develop If You Want Academic Success

Academic success, whether it be in high school or college, is highly valued and sought after as professionals, and the skills you develop in academia often carry over into professional environments. Regardless of age, the sooner these three character traits are developed, the more productive and accomplished you will feel.


Transitioning from high school to college, this was the most difficult thing for me to adjust to. Holding myself to a high standard and realizing that teachers weren’t going to fight for me if I didn’t fight for myself was crucial to success. Most of my classes did not have mandatory attendance, and so as my first semester continued, I though there would not be any consequences for my absence. However, the consequences only lay dormant until the next exam when my knowledge was not where it needed to be.

Realizing that my classes were actually teaching valuable information that I would one day use in my career was a shift in mindset that I was not ready for. Even in high school, find the purpose in every class you take- each class is training your brain to think in a different way. Learning is a valuable asset and one that should not be taken for granted.

Time Management

When most people get to college, they experience one of two things; One- they don't get involved in anything and feel that they are wasting their years or two- they book themselves full from morning to night. I was the later, and I quickly learning that time was not the only finite resource I had encountered. It was energy. Even if you have time to do something, that doesn't mean that you should do it.

Learning to say no and build strong boundaries in college will allow you time to recharge and become fully invested in your classes. If you can’t take care of yourself, there is no way you will find time to become accomplished in academia.


Passion is a trait that people often look over in favor of other more concrete traits as well as quick ways to improve their academics. However, it is quite possibly the most crucial to becoming successful in whatever you attempt to do. It goes back to something I said earlier- finding the purpose in whatever you do. If you feel there is no purpose for you to be taking physics, you will not try and therefore not succeed. Your purpose doesn’t have to be the same as everyone else, but finding direction to aim for will help you find more intrinsic motivation to find accomplishment in your studies.

Hopefully these three traits have helped give you some perspective or inspiration on your studies or career, and that you can translate them into your daily life.



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