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Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is empowering. Your talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, through learning new strategies and through the help and input from others. High Point University embraces this mindset to help you learn to value progress, not perfection.


There's a mantra here. We don't see obstacles. We see opportunities.

Failure is a part of life. It's a part of what you do. Growth mindset is something that if you can instill in students at a fairly young age, that they will carry that growth mindset. And then they're going to be much more likely to be problem-solvers and solution-finders in their life.

Any time you're in a classroom, the teachers and professors here really push that it is a learning experience, and it's OK to struggle, as long as you take the steps to improve yourself.

Being able to have the support around here, you know, with the peers, advisors, faculty. With our finance students, being able to go into the trading room and just be engulfed in that kind of environment. For our communications students, being able to go into the news studio, the radio studio, the control room, and be able to work and practice.

You know, those spaces aren't just for classes. They're for students to go into work, to kind of be able to continue to hone in on their craft. So just the opportunities that our students have to continually work and grow outside of the classroom and in these learning labs, in these experiential environments.

There is never a "you failed, you're done, goodbye" mindset. There's this truly-- it's OK to struggle, but you need to put in the work to make sure that that's something that you can learn from.

If they learn that when times get tough or there are big challenges, that they can overcome them if they're willing to think deeper and work harder, then that's how they'll tackle problems for the rest of their lives.