Imagining a Successful Future Helps Students Manage Challenges and Stress

Having a clear picture of what their future will look like can motivate students to keep going despite the challenges of college life, according to a new study.

This strategy seems to be particularly effective for female students from relatively low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds, said Mesmin Destin of Northwestern University, the lead author of the study published in Springer’s journal Motivation and Emotion.