Essay On What It Takes To Be A Successful Student

Success is something that we all want to achieve in our lives. The type of success aspired to can vary greatly from person; some people want nothing more than to be happily married, have a large family and bring up their children well. Other people strive for academic success and becoming as highly educated as they can, while some people are much more career-focused, and even with this group, their main marker of success can be different things: the power they have, the money they earn or the good they do, a combination of things or something else entirely. Because every type of success is very different, every road to success is very different too, but everyone’s route has one thing in common: hard work.

Academic success is something that many students want, but also something that many students are not prepared to really work. Often, successful students are envied for the wrong reasons, with other people thinking that they’re just gifted and assuming that they don’t even work hard. The most successful students, though, are those that put the work in. It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are if you don’t put the effort in to learn, and work hard on essays and other assignments. Everything we know is learned, and intelligent people are not born with everything already stored in their heads. While intelligence can give students a head start over others, this is where it ends, and those getting the results they want will ultimately be those that worked the hardest.

This academic success will also help with your career, but once you’re in a job it’s also incredibly important to work hard. The only people that will be considered for promotion are those that go above and beyond the line of duty in their work. This means being very productive during the working day, but also being prepared to work additional hours and do anything additional for the company if needs be. If you do the same job as another person and you’re equally qualified, the differentiation made between you will be based on who does the best job, which ultimately comes down to who works the hardest.

The final type of success is in personal relationships, which everybody wants in some capacity. Working hard at relationships can actually be the hardest of all, as it involves a great deal of time and emotional investment, but it’s worth it to have the support and love of others. Couples that stay together all their lives do not manage it by chance, but by working hard at their relationship, making an effort to do things for each other, working out compromises, and addressing, not ignoring, any issues that may arise in the relationship.

York College, Arcadia University and Becker College “Successful Student” Essay

Prompt: How will you be a successful as a college student?


As a college-bound high school student, I know that there are many attributes that are necessary to being not only great but a successful student as well. Personally, I know that one of these attributes of being a great, hard-working, and successful student is work ethic. I’m not just talking about work ethic alone but a massive amount of dedicated, determined, and endless work ethic. All of these words and more describe the type of work ethic that I possess. I am no stranger to working hard and to continue working hard. Even as an adolescent, my parents would for me to work hard for anything that I wanted. They would not just hand it to me because it takes effort to be able to achieve. I could never settle for “just enough to get by” because it does not reflect the type of person that I am. I strive to do whatever it takes to reach my desired goal. This is why I believe that I should receive this scholarship.

Over the years of my high school career, I have been involved in the arts for all four years. I participated in my high school marching band for four years, our jazz band for one year, our orchestra for one year, our brass choir for one year, and our symphonic band for four years. Being involved in the arts department at my school has really given me the opportunity to experience something new and different each year. It has really opened my eyes to not only learning how to perform beautiful pieces of music but to also create personal character as well which has ultimately strengthened and enhanced my work ethic. Outside of school, I am most likely at my place of employment. My place of employment is Burger King. I have been working here since the middle of my junior year of high school. I think having a job can be a great thing because it can also help build character and gives you a taste of what’s to come in the future. I have to admit that it can get a little rough at times dealing with school and working but I know that I have to keep pushing and working hard inside and outside of the classroom. Before I actually had a job, I did a lot of yard work around my neighborhood which was mainly around the spring, summer, and parts of the fall. The yard work I did consisted of lawn mowing and weed whacking, planting, and mulching. I even did work around the neighborhood in the winter too. I would go around my neighborhood to shovel the snow out of people’s drive-ways and walking areas. When I finally became employed I became very busy. I was not able to do these other jobs as often as I used to but even with such a tight schedule I still did them anyways. From all of these activities that I have done I have come to realize that they are not just activities they are life experiences, they are lessons that are to be learned, they are what builds work ethic and shapes you into the person that you want and need to be, and they define who I am today.

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