Why do undergraduate students underachieve in their pursuit for excellence?

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There are a variety of reasons undergraduates underachieve in college, but I think there are three main ones. The first is economic. Many need to work or struggle to pay, and cannot focus. The second is preparation. Many just don't have the skills they need to succeed. The third is distraction, such as going to parties and taking part in social activities.
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I agree with the above post. There is definitely a maturity issue and getting the most out of education just isn't on the list of top priorities for someone just getting out of high school and going into college. Distractions are also a large factor; which is not always a bad thing. In order to be more well-rounded, it might benefit a college student more to become involved in organizations or other exta-curricular activities, rather than spend all of his/her time studying.

I would add that another issue is that, because undergraduates cannot really look ahead, they do not realize how important it is to get everything they possibly can out of their education. Many times, people do not realize how useful that education is until they get out into the workforce and have to apply that knowledge. Hindsight is 20/20. I would guess that, given the chance, many people would do things differently and focus more on getting the most out of their education. This is why college is such a great learning experience. You don't have someone telling you what to do and how to do it, so many peoiple make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

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There are many answers to this question. We need to keep in mind that all people are different and that some undergraduates actually do really well and succeed. With that said, here are a couple of reasons why undergraduates may underachieve.

First, there is a maturity factor. Many undergraduate students are not mature. They still have a very young mindset, where they are not thinking about their futures. They live for the moment instead.

Second, there are so many things to do when you are in college. So, studies are neglected at times. In other words, there are many things to distract you.

Third, for many college students, this is the first time away from home, and so there is new freedom. With this freedom, sometimes irresponsible decisions are made.

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