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The "X" Factor: Persistence, Motivation, and Enthusiasm

Alan F. Arcuri, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Richard Stockton College of NJ

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not - nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not - unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not - the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
-Calvin Coolidge

"If only I had known."
- A frequent lament of seniors who took three years to learn how to be successful in college.

Persistence, Motivation, and Enthusiasm
Three Tales of Woe; Rookie Errors
The Sinews of Excellence: Success is a Choice
Academic Advising: Visit your Adviser - PLEASE
Diversity: A Tone of Good Will

Develop a Competitive Attitude - Early!

End game. Four Summary Don'ts