When we were in high school, much of our learning and day-to-day life was planned out for us, with things like deadlines, reminders, hall passes, and clearly-defined roles showing us the way. These structures go all the way back to our earliest schooling. Some elementary schools even have color-coded lines painted on the sidewalks to help students navigate to different buildings! 

As a university student, you now have the opportunity to find your own path, but that means taking on a more active role in your academic and personal success. Here are some ways you can strive to be less reactive and more proactive:

  • Reflect: Being proactive requires you to check in with yourself first. This goes for your personal goals but also for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This is why it’s important to take time to reflect on your goals as well as what you’re doing in terms of self-care. 
  • Plan: Having a solid plan for accomplishing your goals will help you stay motivated and on track. Don’t forget to schedule set times to check in with yourself. This will help you track your progress and assess whether you need to adjust your plan. 
  • Explore: There are many UCI programs, resources, and services specifically designed to support your success. Whether you are looking for academic, emotional, social, or financial support, UCI likely has what you need. Be proactive by exploring the different resources available to students so you know where to turn when you need assistance. Check out this helpful video to learn about some of the campus resources you can rely on. You Can also explore UCI’s wide array of clubs and organizations on or visit UCI CampusGroups.
  • Connect: Doing it all on your own can be tricky. Success is often reliant on the support system and community around you. Put yourself out there and focus on connecting with other students, faculty, and staff who encourage and uplift you. With a network of supporters in your corner, it’s much easier to actively work towards your goals.
  • Advocate: Once you are familiar with the various programs and services on campus, be an advocate for those around you by introducing them to these resources. Not only will this help you practice seeking out the resources you need, but you can also help your friends get the early support they need. Another great way to be an advocate for your peers and support their academic success is by working with us at the Learning and Academic Center (LARC). Learn how you can get involved by visiting the UCI LARC website.
  • Lead: Finally, take an active role in shaping the university community. Look for opportunities to develop leadership skills and positively impact the campus environment. Regardless of what you want to accomplish at UCI and beyond, learning how to be a leader will set you up for success.  Not sure where to start? Then check out the UCI Center for Student Leadership or the ASUCI website for opportunities. 

Looking for additional academic support? We at the LARC are here to help! Meet with one of our academic coaches one-on-one, sign up for a LARC tutorial, or check out our best learning tips

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