Success Series workshop provides goal-setting tips

By Courtney Borchert
Staff Writer

The Success Series offered a workshop on goal setting and motivation Feb. 27 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The series is one of many branches within the University College that aims to improve students’ life skills and academic performance. Catherine Unite, director of the University College Learning Center, lectured at the event. She began the workshop by showing students how to identify their individual learning styles.

Audience members filled out responses to a VARK Questionnaire to assess if they were a visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinesthetic learner. Unite emphasized the role that learning styles play on a student’s ability to absorb information. She mentioned that lacking this understanding can often be the reason students are not reaching their full potential.

“In order to be successful you have to look at all spheres of success,” Unite said.

This includes taking advantage of resources on campus that can help students on an academic and holistic level.

“You’ve got to look at your foundations and look at what affects your learning,” Unite said. Unite cited tips from “Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning” by Myron Dembo and Helena Seli to further illustrate her points. Unite said students should use weekly, short-term and long-term goals to help focus their attention and direction on accomplishing a task. However, students can still find themselves feeling unaccomplished despite having a great to-do list if they are not making “SMART” goals. This is an ideal list of goal characteristics that Unite encouraged audience members to add to their arsenal:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Elementary education sophomore Angela Butler shared her college woes about balancing friends, family and work with her academic life, which she said was a challenge and often discouraging.

Using Unite’s tip of applying SMART can help break down an objective in to manageable pieces.

Speech communication senior Angelo Diaz could not agree more with Unite’s message. He came to the workshop because he recognized it coincided with his goals for his online marketing business.

“[I enjoy] seeing the types of opportunities we have at UTA,” Diaz said.
Unite ended her presentation with the concept that humans are either victims or creators. This idea relates to goal setting because it measures the ambition and mentality an individual has. How a person views the world can correlate directly to what they achieve.

The Success Series organizers plan on having several events throughout March and April, and they invite all students to come to the sessions.

The Success Series at the University of Texas at Arlington aims to assist students and promote student success. Photo courtesy of

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