New Research Shows "Grit" Is The Secret To College Success

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Student Launch Pad’s program results confirm recent research that shows grit as a major contributing factor to college success and reaching career goals.

Student Launch Pad’s results confirm recent research that shows grit as a major contributing factor to college success.

Research shows that successful students are gritty enough to persevere and show up again and again. They use their determination to apply themselves in new and challenging ways.

Research indicates that determination, or grit, is the number one factor to success.

In a popular TED Talk, Angela Duckworth outlines her research on grit, defining it as stamina, as well as passion and perseverance toward goals.

However, in working with hundreds of students and consulting with various organizations, Student Launch Pad has found that students growing up in the millennial generation are not accustomed to pushing themselves and risking failure. In short, many lack the “grit” factor.

Though difficult to define, determination and motivation toward goals is a primary factor in developing grit. Taking this idea, Student Launch Pad analyzed its students and found that going through the Student Launch Pad process helped students to clarify their college and career goals and identify their underlying motivation to reach those goals.

As a part of the Student Launch Pad program, students write goals and design action steps, determining where they want to be in the future. They also develop a mission, or statement of purpose, for their life.

Prior to enrolling in the Student Launch Pad program, only 29% of students had written future goals or action plans.

After completing Student Launch Pad, almost 90% of students have a mission statement for their life, and over 95% have developed college and career goals, as well as action items for their future.

The results of this process are telling: 86% of Student Launch Pad graduates are accepted into at least one of their top three college choices. In addition to acceptance to college, “gritty” students also successfully choose a college major, graduate college on time, and determine their career path.

Student Launch Pad's founder, Stephanie Shackelford states, “Research shows that successful students are gritty enough to persevere and show up again and again. They use their determination to apply themselves in new and challenging ways. And oftentimes this opens new doors to strengths and abilities that they didn’t even know they had, helping them reach their college and career goals.”

Student Launch Pad helps students develop this necessary grittiness to thrive in college and in life – and the results speak for themselves.

ABOUT STUDENT LAUNCH PAD
Student Launch Pad coaches high school and early college students to make the best decisions for their future based on the intersection of their strengths and passions. Through our one-on-one or online coaching programs, students are accepted to their dream colleges, choose their best major, and find their ideal career options. Student Launch Pad’s sister company, Career Flight Plan, offers career coaching for college seniors, recent graduates, and working professionals. Through one-on-one coaching programs, clients develop a flight plan to navigate their best possible career future.

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