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goal that was meaningful and then
to explore the best possible outcome,
reflect on anticipated obstacles, and
plan ways to overcome obstacles with a
solution-focused action. In identifying
a wish or goal, students were guided
to identify an academic goal that was
both realistic and challenging. The
timeframe was left open to include any
academic goal that could be attained
over the long term, including the
duration of their degree, a semester,
or in the following month, week, or
even day. Students then were invited
to imagine and write down what the
outcome of this wish might be and
what it would feel like to complete this
academic goal.
The stated wishes and outcomes
were much like one would expect
to hear from college students.
Some wanted to pass or to improve
their grades while others stretched
further by setting goals to "attain
distinctions" or to be named to
the university's equivalent of the
Dean's list. Next, they considered the
obstacles that could hinder their wish
fulfilment. It's all well and good for
students to identify and visualize a
goal and even to take the initial steps
toward it, but it is another thing for
them to try to pursue it consistently.
During the pursuit of an academic
goal there will be obstacles, internal
and external, that can include
counterproductive actions, thoughts,
or feelings. When students reflect
on internal obstacles, they become
more aware of what is holding
them back. As they considered the
greatest internal barriers to their
goals, their answers were, again,
typical: procrastination, poor time
management, distractions, and other
negative emotions, which included
challenges of adjustment, fear of
asking for help, maintaining balance,
and overcoming shyness, lack of

confidence, stress, laziness, and a
poor mindset.
With a wish, outcome, and
obstacles identified, it was time for
them to plan ways to overcome the
barriers so as to remain focused upon
achieving their goals. To keep this as
simple as possible, they were asked to
identify a single effective action they
could take to overcome their greatest
anticipated obstacle. These were
presented in a straightforward "If
(obstacle) occurs, then I will (action)"
statement. Students then paired up to
share and refine their plan. Partners

particular instance focused on
students achieving their academicbased goals, one could see WOOP
also being applied in a number of
residential and learning spaces. In
addition, WOOP need not be a oneoff process for students, mentors, or
tutors. Beyond introducing WOOP
in a training, workshop, or teaching
context there are further applications
to be made as long as the process
includes the key ingredients of being
done in the right place and in the
right order, while maximizing the
participants' imaginations.

STUDENTS, WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS,
SET ACADEMIC GOALS AND HAVE LOFTY
ASPIRATIONS, BUT THE MOMENT THEY
ENCOUNTER A CHALLENGE IT CAN SET THEM
OFF COURSE OR HOLD THEM BACK.

asked questions such as, "Is this
academic wish truly meaningful?
Is this a real obstacle? Is this action
the most effective way to address the
obstacle? To what extent did I really
experience and see the completed
academic goal?"
While students created their plans,
moderators educated them about
other resources that the university
offers. Pervasive plans that arose
out of this process included asking
for help, improving their planning
and time management strategies,
working harder, and reminding
themselves why they were attending
university. They were reminded
that they did not need to tackle
problems on their own. While this

Shaun Mahabeer, a University
of Cape Town alumnus who had
participated in a WOOP exercise,
anticipated the lasting impact of
the experience. "The flexibility of
the WOOP strategy means it can be
applied to more than academic goal
setting, and I think this will be valuable
to the student, especially in later years
when the academic workload becomes
greater and goal setting becomes more
important to manage it," he explains.
"I feel like an engaging environment
is required to introduce this strategy in
the residence. Students will not be as
open to adopting this by merely being
provided with the resource. It helps to
have others around to reinforce a sense
of accountability towards the plan."

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Talking Stick - January/February 2019
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Academic Initiatives
Special Focus
Underlying Expectations
Private Matters
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Vision
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Just In
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Calendar
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Academic Initiatives
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Underlying Expectations
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - First Takes
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Around Student Affairs
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Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - New Members
Talking Stick - January/February 2019 - Snapshot
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