- Oct 2016
They focused on two kinds of students. The “thrivers” were those who did much better in college than their high school grades would have predicted. The “divers” were those who did much worse. Mostly, these students were neither superstars in high school nor delinquents — they all got fairly good, respectable grades. But upon arriving at college, the thrivers averaged A's, while the divers averaged F's.
One explanation for this could be that the “thrivers” did better because they had to step their game up because of the difficulty of the classes while the “divers” stuck with the same habits they had in high school. The thrivers wanted to become better students than they were in the previous years. The divers thought that their academic abilities needed no change. The thrivers were the students that tried their best to succeed and push themselves forward no matter any obstacle. They are also resilient and try their best to learn from their mistakes in order to succeed. Thrivers have a growth mindset where they strive for success and do not let every little bump in the road alter their paths. Divers, on the other hand were the students that would give up easily when things get difficult, they are the students that would find the easy way out of hard situations instead of challenging themselves. Divers do not necessarily fail because they “lack the skills” but because they have developed a fixed mindset. Divers can still be able to learn how to become thrivers. They just need a little more guidance and assistance in order to get to that level. Thrivers have a different mindset apart from divers. Thrivers want to succeed, to move forward in their educational journey. But a student can become either personality very quickly. A thriver can thrive for a while, and then plummet just as hard as a diver. College is about preparing yourself and trying new things in order to find out what works best for you. Divers are not a lost cause, they might need some extra help, but we should not ignore them because they are failing in their classes, we do not know what is going through their head. Media has made college out to be an option to what happens next after high school. There are more movies portraying a college lifestyle of partying, rather than of success. The movie The Social Network is an example of someone who was a thriver then a diver then rose back to a thriver. Instead of making college seem as glamorous as a party, students need to understand the difficulty of college and the journey they are starting. Here is a link to the Mark Zuckerberg story and his success as both a thriver and diver. https://astrumpeople.com/mark-zuckerberg-biography-success-story-of-facebook-founder-and-ceo/