Episode 14: Abraham Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs, College Student Style

October 15, 2015
Messing up a friendship, and the resulting discomfort that ensued
Question about withdrawing from class
4 classes GPA with 1 withdraw (A, B, C, W) = 3.0, potential partial refund
4 classes GPA a week later with an F (A, B, C, F) = 2.25, no refund
Key Info for this Podcast: 
I’ve seen a lot of questions on reddit lately from newish college students who are struggling with anxiety and depression, being home away for the first time, and in general feeling “out of place” on their college campuses.  We’re gonna talk about Maslow today, and why his hierarchy of needs is an important concept to understand in feeling secure and putting yourself in a good place for success (i.e. achievement of your goals!).
My take on Maslow: 
For the sake of this audience, some students might think about either replacing “employment” with “education”, or simply adding it in the second level (safety) area.  If you’re a full-time student, often your job is to be a student.  Some students have to add on the responsibility of working as well, some don’t. If you’re a full time student, and your education is not secure (i.e. you’re in danger of being dismissed for any reason), I would consider this a 2nd level (safety) need.
I’ve read some criticism about placing “security of morality” in the second level (safety), and would urge you not to spend as much time focusing on this one as the rest in that level.  Please note “morality” is all the way at the very top of the triangle in the 5th level (self-actualization)
Work on securing the bottom two levels, then the rest will follow.
Home Exercise:
I don’t know if I specified this at the end of the last episode. We’re in Week 6, and we should be thinking about working in a weekly review of our calendar/To-Do List to our rituals.  The weekly suggested home exercises are:
  1. Set a big goal that ties into your passion.
  2. Write it down, then figure out the first few steps and write them down too.
  3. Figure out dependable time capture and task management tools.
  4. Look back at the first steps, think about what they might have in common, they should lead you to developing a simple ritual (waking up earlier, studying at same time every day, drinking more water).
  5. Today, think about the people around you, or the places where you have the opportunity to meet people. Think about one person you can approach to have a conversation. Again, you’re not asking them to be your mentor. You just want them at this point to know who you are.
  6. Try to work a weekly review into your workflow; get into the ritual of methodically checking up on your To-Do list and calendar once a week.

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