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Illustration Essay: Successful Student

The value of education has really degraded in the past years; some say that college is difficult to cope with because of the stressful lifestyles, and some do not even bother trying. The truth is that college is not that difficult. There are only two essential steps to becoming a successful college student: punctuality to class and dedication to work.

For instance, if students are punctual, they attend class, daily. Therefore, attending class not only shows their loyalty to the course, but also benefits them if the class has any grades based on attendance. Moreover, when one student is in class every time, he hears the teacher present each lesson in its original form, and he hears all the questions other students might ask, as well as the teacher's answers. This interchange of information when a lesson is first given cannot be duplicated. Any absent students will miss all that interaction, and they most likely will not have their own questions answered, either. Direct interaction with the teacher can help students dig out information about extra-credit work and not miss bonus quizzes. When a student attends class everyday, they are more likely to receive updates and be reminded of the upcoming assignments, leading to a greater probability of turning in assignments on time. Due to this promptness, the student is more likely to form a bond with their teachers and peers. This cycle develops more interest and devotion in the course, resulting in a greater quality of work. Attendance in class does matter, as it creates trust and commitment within a person.

Another great attribute students can have is dedication to their course work. As an illustration, mathematics was never my best subject, and I would constantly procrastinate over my homework- failing every attempt at completing it. It was not until I realized that it was not I who lacked the ability, but my mere thought of not being able to do it. Thus, I started making myself believe that I was good at math, and started spending enough time on learning new techniques; hence, in no time, I received an A in my class and my teacher was very impressed. Moreover, when a student loves what they do, they further involve themselves in the course. Become closer to the faculty, and all this makes it more promising for them to produce better quality work which eventually results in high grades. Not only does it increase class rankings, but professors who see a student's diligence are also impressed, and write good recommendation letters and references. Another example would be a clerk. When a clerk loves his assigned work, he is more likely to impress his boss and keep his coworkers happy. This results in promotions and salary raises. Similar rewards of high grades and high GPA's are won by successful students.

In conclusion, being punctual to class keeps a student updated and on track. Dedication to the course creates more involvement and better understanding in the subject. Thus, acquiring both of these qualities does not only make you a more prosperous college student, but also helps you prepare for your future. 

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