This past, present and future paper will reflect on my personal and professional growth during the time frame that I was a student at the University of Phoenix. One of the themes that are explored in this paper is that education is a lifetime pursuit. Another theme is what I am taking away from the institution now that I have completed my course of study. Finally the paper sets future career and personal goals to continue my lifetime of learning.
Past Present and Future
I have always valued education, and have a great yearning for knowledge. Prior to attending the University of Phoenix I had attended Oral Roberts University, majoring in Management Information Systems, for three years. My studies at Oral Roberts were cut short by a combination of two factors; a lack of finances to continue and a general boredom in the traditional educational setting. I am a self-educator. I can take a subject I really enjoy, study and research it to the point were I am very well versed in it, and then remember the facts and figures that make it relevant in our world today. I have always been fascinated with the military leaders of our country with a particular fascination surrounding the military genius that led to our victories in World War II. I have been reading biographies, and autobiographies, of leaders and politicians since I was in high school. My love for this era has led me to read from all viewpoints, so that I can be truly educated. The most challenging thing I have read was The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. I came to the realization that I was only study this era in world history from one perspective. To truly understand it I needed another perspective to balance my understanding and complete my education. My level of professional competence and problem solving at this time was fairly decent. I had worked in a technically challenging environment, as a telephony systems engineer, and was successful in it. My...