Importance of Personal Responsibility

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University of Phoenix|
Importance of Personal Responsibility|
Gen 200/Susan Gaston|
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Beryl Spruill|
2/4/2013|

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Importance of Personal Responsibility
Throughout a student’s college experience it is expected to be responsible and, to think responsibly even though, some students may not understand what personal responsibility means. In order to truly understand one must know the definition of responsibility. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2013), “the quality or state of being responsible as: a: moral, legal, mental accountability b: reliability, trustworthiness” (definition of responsibility). Personal responsibility thus means acting accountable for ones actions, being a reliable and, trustworthy person all the while, accepting and, handling burdens as necessary. While teamwork and communication with others is vital to personal responsibility, personal responsibility is highly important to academic success. Personal responsibility is highly important to academic success. “Personal responsibility has long been considered an important component in self-directed learning”. (16) Being accountable for your actions, grades and, behavior while attending school is very important as well because, nobody else can do it but the student and, it is expected of every student at the University. Honesty is a key ingredient in being responsible and, taking personal responsibility without this, a student cannot possibly be responsible. It is vital in everything he or she does; not just in academics. If a person, not just a student is found to lie to others constantly; they will be viewed as not trustable because, someone cannot be trusted if they lie to others constantly. Mainly people will not trust someone who lies frequently because; lying is just a stepping stone to bigger issues such as stealing and often in school settings plagiarism. Integrity is another component of personal responsibility because, it requires the person having...
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