I’m what you call an “Military Brat”–a kid who has/had one or both parents in the military. As I have grown older I’ve encountered more people who think like me when it comes to education, and something that we have in common is that our parents were in the military. This weekend I took a few community college students (Greenville Technical College) to The Citadel on an exposure trip. We weren’t there more than 25 minutes before the students began to point out the level of discipline and order on campus.
This is something that my father pushed/pushes hard in my family, as does the parents of my friends who are Military Brats as well. When you lack discipline and order in higher education it does not create ‘more freedom’ unless there is already discipline and order within the people themselves. We learned that the discipline and order at The Citadel produced great leadership within its students, and this leadership created great success for the graduates.
If academic success is continuing to escape you, you may need to start asking yourself if you have established enough discipline and order in your life? You may need more help with this than you think. Your campus may have a Student Success Center, or Advising Resources, or you may be able to find several tips right here on my website for free. Either way, not having disciple and order is like having several thousand gallons of water with no swimming pool: the evidence is all around you, it looks like one big mess, and no one wants to jump in.