Useful Attributes for School and Beyond
Be Inquisitive: An important part of your education is your willingness to ask questions. So many students hesitate to ask questions for a variety of reason but your success in the classroom and later on in life is directly tied to your inquisitiveness. Start now!
Be Curious: The motivation for asking questions should be genuine curiosity. I suspect that a lack of curiosity is what prevents many students from being inquisitive in the first place. You can begin to cultivate curiosity by connecting what you are already interested in to what you are studying. Chances are you will find some surprising connections and using your curiosity will lead you to learn more about the subject you are studying while at the same time learning more about your own interests.
Be Passionate: In the pursuit of your education you need to be passionate about learning, making connections, asking questions, and finding solutions to problems. Whatever subject you are studying it is possible to find some aspect of it that connects with something you care about. Don’t wait for the professor to make these connections. You need to find them yourself and then use these connections as a starting point for further learning.
Be Creative: Finally, you need to be creative in your search for connections and answers to questions. Unfortunately, creative thinking is not always rewarded in the classroom where standardized multiple choice exams are often used to assess learning. But, outside of the classroom creative problem solving is a valuable skill and you need to begin cultivating creative thinking even if this means doing more than is required in the course. You will ultimately benefit from this extra work.