The faculty and staff of the University of Reston are strongly invested in the ongoing and ultimate personal and professional success of the students under their care.

Potential applicants to the University as well as currently matriculated students can also proactively take various steps to enhance their chances of successfully completing a challenging graduate school program on time and to a high degree of quality.

These steps are written in a personal way and detailed below:

  • Diligently try to create and maintain a balanced daily lifestyle. In order to optimize functioning, it is necessary to find a balance between the various roles one plays. A student often wears many different hats: partner, worker, friend, classmate, etc. Often these roles are in conflict, and a student must be adept at attending to a variety of factors and assessing priorities. Below are descriptions of some of these important factors and how they can affect your success in school specifically and life generally.
  • Understand well important factors critical for success in graduate school. Succeeding in graduate school means more than simply doing well in your coursework. In fact, much of what you will learn during your graduate school years will not come from classes but rather through activities such as research, work, internships, attending conferences, serving on university committees, preparing papers for publication, and joining professional organizations.
  • Consistently apply in your life the following tips to increase the likelihood of your success in graduate school.
  • Time Management is a key component to academic and professional success. It is an essential skill that will help you concentrate your efforts on what is most important.
  • Recognize signs of excessive stress regardless of source and take appropriate steps to prevent or reduce such high levels of stress by doing the following things as often as possible.
  • Perfectionism refers to a set of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors aimed at reaching unrealistically high goals. It is based on perceived standards of excellence and often fueled by the need for others’ approval.
  • Your physical and emotional well-being plays a major role in your academic, professional, and personal success. Take time to establish and maintain an active and informed wellness plan.
  • Manage the conflicting demands of school, work, and family.