Career Reflection

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Olivia McCarthy
Foundations for Learning
September 9, 2010
Reflection Paper #1

Upon being asked about my future, I have always been met with anxiety and fear of such unknown. Growing up, as more and more of my peers developed their specific interests and even revealed desired career choices, I only felt lost in terms of what I wished to purse. I found that I was easily overwhelmed if I allowed myself to read too deeply into the dreaded “what am I going to do with my life” question. I have come to realize that it is much less anxiety provoking, however, if I view this matter on a smaller scale. After all, I do have aspirations and goals that I strive to achieve on a short-term basis.

With regard to college, a top priority of mine is to achieve high grades in order to make the dean’s list here at Bryant University. In order to do so, I know that I must alter my High School studying stills into productive habits. For example, instead of procrastinating finishing my calculus homework because it isn’t due until the end of the week, I will strive to discipline myself in order to complete my school work ahead of time, decreasing stress and being a more efficient student overall. In addition to work ethic, I also see myself developing “active learner” skills, as discussed in Foundations for Learning. Getting the most out of my college education is very important to me, which is why I see myself engaging in specific activities in order to go “above and beyond” the standard student. As described in the textbook, instead of briskly highlighting text for required reading, I see myself analyzing the information, taking notes in the margins, as well as looking up any information that I am unfamiliar with. This will not only benefit my academic grades, but will also enforce self-discipline and a positive work ethic. In order to support this theory of being an “active learner” I also see myself being assertive with my professors and developing positive...
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