Step2: Become Honest With your Calendar. I have never understood why a student would take 12 credit hours of intense science courses during a 10 week summer semester , and try to plan a week long vacation with friends (I did this with my weekends, and boy did my GPA pay for it). Inevitably, they return from this vacation shocked that they were unable to study Chemistry and Calculus in the lounge section of the club on ladies night. I had my share of late nights in the club and frat parties, and I paid for it in Monday exams (to make it worse, I remember the parties more than I do the exams that I bombed). There are moments on a calendar which will involuntarily switch your focus from the world of the academics to the world of personal issues. Now of course people believe that they can be the one person to defy these odds, although they have never attempted anything like this before. I have had students who were pregnant, students who were getting married during the semester, students finalizing a divorce, undergoing a bankruptcy, moving from another state, living in their car and more. These students passed AND graduated–HOWEVER, I have had several fail and not complete school during these moments . The difference that I observed fell upon timing and understanding their calendar. Those who succeeded knew that time was of the essence and planned their life around their education, or obtained a academic schedule that could be formed around their life and focused on keeping it that way. Because of the careful planning and wise counsel, they were able to use the timing of their situation to their advantage, instead of their situation taking advantage of them and taking away their time.