Let’s begin by asking, “Where do you feel you add the most value?”
This question may be tricky for you to answer, and it may be easier for others. If you can’t answer that, try, “What are you passionate about?” or “What is something (or someone) that excites you?”
Take a moment to figure out your answer. The goal we’re working towards is figuring out your self-motivation for online learning or your why.
Your why, or your self-motivation for online learning, is usually a combination of your feelings, beliefs, and experiences. What keeps you going? Why do you do what you do? What makes you feel alive? What makes you happy? What makes you feel productive, powerful, and valuable? What’s a big part of your life right now?
Now, why do you want to find out your why? Think of it as your anchor point. When taking online learning courses, you might lose steam or become discouraged part-way through your program. Feeling this way is normal, but if you want to succeed, you’ve got to keep pushing forward.
Your why will help keep you grounded in your online learning journey.
If you’ve already enrolled or even spoken to one of our Admissions Representatives, you might’ve come across them asking you what your why is. Deborah Deschamps, one of our Admission Representatives, defines what a why statement, or your self-motivation for online learning, like this:
“Your “why” is what drives you. When you are having a bad day, your “why” keeps you going…During difficult chapters of the program, focus on your “why” to keep you going.”
Your why is about understanding your reason for enrolling in an online program. Once you discover your why, we encourage you to print out a photo of it or use something representative of your why and place it in the area you’ve chosen to study. When the program becomes a little more complex, and you feel like you’re making less and less progress, you’ll have your why to keep you going.
Here are some examples of previous students’ motivations if you need a little inspiration to find your own. Remember that your why should be unique to you and something you feel strongly about, or it may fail to be your anchor when you need it.
Kristy, a Medical Transcriptionist student, shared her why with us:
“My family is the main reason why I am in this program.
My girls: to provide for them, and allow them to enjoy extracurricular activities while still being able to stay at home with them during the day. Not having to put them in daycare, to be able to save money for their future like education, a house, travel, etc.
My husband: to help take the financial stress off my husband, and be able to contribute to the household finances, save money and do more date nights!
Me: to feel a sense of accomplishment as well as to learn something new.
My in-laws: to be able to visit our family in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia more!
Travel: my dad was a flight engineer, and I grew up traveling the world. I have so many more places I want to see.”
Trista, a Medical Transcriptionist student, shared her why:
“My “WHY” is my family…my husband and our daughter. I want to prove to my daughter that goals are always within reach as long as you are reaching out for it.”
Leslie, a Medical Transcriptionist student, also shared her why with us:
“My why is my son. He has a rare and terminal disease called Hunter Syndrome. I am unable to work out of the home due to his needs but I would still like to contribute to our household income. I have extensive experience with many different types of doctors as my son’s disease affects every part of his body. I am going to use the knowledge I have gained being a medical mom and the skills I learn from your program to make this new career possible. I will be able to contribute to our finances and give him the care he needs.”
Our online programs are challenging, and you might need help with some areas of the programs. Start by asking yourself the above questions and develop your own why. Remember, when you’re struggling the most, you’re learning the most, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
To be appropriately disciplined and prepared for online schooling, your why is necessary for success. Find out what you feel strongly about, which in turn will drive your motivation, and what will ultimately become your anchor point to succeed.
So if you’ve thought about enrolling in online schooling, you know now what a why is and why you should make sure you have one. It is an essential step in preparing to tackle your online program. If you’re ready to move to the next step, reaching out is the best way to get more information about a program.
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