Student Services – A Journey (Part III)

This is Part III (three) of a series of blog posts I will be writing on exploring and going through the journey of student services and student affairs land. The focus of these blog post series will be exploring the world of what it means to be a successful student (besides an A+ average), and success, in general (i.e., not money nor job titles). For links to the other articles in this series of blog posts, scroll to the bottom of this blog post.

Student Services – A Journey (Part III)

by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Last Updated: December 12, 2013


I am writing a series of blog posts on student success from the lens of a student services/student affairs professional. For the introductory article (i.e., Part I (one)), read my blog post titled, Student Services – A Journey (Part I) (click here, to read).

In this blog post we will be concentrating on the engagement in purposeful activites pillar (see Part I).

Engagement in Purposeful Activities

How and why does engagement in purposeful activities impact university/college student success?  What does engagement in purposeful activities even mean?  What does a student who is engaged in purposeful activities look and act like when compared to a student not engaged in purposeful activities?

The Big View

To start with a wider view, engagement in purposeful activities is  important to students and student success because part of student success is setting students up for a fun, purposeful and engaging life.  This is one of the roles universities play in a student’s life.  Help the student successfully complete the degree while getting an education to help them be engaged in purposeful activities and careers.  Enrich young adults’ lives so they can continue to do what they wish as they develop careers and post-university life.

This means, helping students with their congruence.  Helping them connect their purpose of attending university with their day-to-day choices and decisions.


With this in mind, we must first help students realize, why did I decide to attend university.  Why am I here?

This isn’t to say on the first day of university students need to be sat down and hammer our a vision statement for the next 4-6 years of their higher education career.

What are Some Purposeful Activities

The biggest purposeful activity a student can do during their university career to help themselves be a successful student is the quality of effort they put into their self-development and -learning.

Time Management and Purposeful Activities

Today’s cohort of university students have many issues with time management.  If we want students engaged in purposeful activities, yet, they can never make time or find the time, then time can get in the way of their success as a student.

To Read the Series of Blog Posts

To read this series of blog posts, click on these following links (open in new tabs):

Part I (one): The Introduction | Part II (two): Academic Achievement | Part III (three): Purposeful Activities | Part IV (four): Satisfaction | Part V (five): Knowledge & Skills | Part VI (six): Persistence | Part VII (seven): Educational Attainment | Part VIII (eight): Post-grad Performance | Part IX (nine): Concluding Remarks


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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