Past, Present, Future

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Past, Present, and Future
Juanita Bright
GEN 480
January 2, 2013
Professor P. Gobin

Past, Present, and Future
In this three-part paper I will reflect on my personal and professional growth during my program of study at the University of Phoenix. In part one, I will reflect upon where I was in my personal and professional life when I started the University of Phoenix program. Part two I will evaluate the growth I experienced during my University of Phoenix program of study. Finally in part three, I will analyze impact of completing the University of Phoenix Bachelor’s program on my current and future professional goals. Part I Reflection

While I was growing up I always wanted to be a police detective, so I just knew I was going to go to school for Criminal Justice. As time went on, and I finished high school, I discovered I was pregnant, which that stopped me from leaving off for college that I applied and was accepted too. I signed up for a local community college to pursue my education while pregnant. I also was working full-time at the women and children hospital here in Orlando. Since I was pregnant, working full-time, and going to school full-time was exhausting. Once I begin working at the hospital I had a career change, and decided that I wanted to become a nurse so I switched majors and begin taking nursing courses. Once I gave birth to my son, I continued school and working, but it was becoming extremely hard for me to do both and give my child his full attention. I got majority of my prerequisite courses done for the nursing program, and while hours at my job was being cut, I was forced into job hunting where I applied at courthouse and was hired there. Working at the courthouse made me realized that criminal justice is really where my heart is. So I switched majors again and picked up where I left off. The struggled continued with me working full-time and school, and I became comfortable at the job I was working and eventually I stopped going to school. A few years passed, and once the raises and promotions stopped at my job, and rumors were spreading of layoffs. I knew I had to get back in school and finish getting my degree, to climb up in the company or find a job in my field of study. The community college I was attending, it always seem like there was a problem when it came to me trying to register for classes, either the classes were all full, or they did not offer it that semester, which puts me back behind schedule. After all those issues I once again took a break from school. A year or so had passed and I determined to finish school that is when I enrolled in University of Phoenix. I’m very passionate about learning, and it is very important to my personal growth and development. I was always taught that nothing will just fall into your hands you have to work for it, and that followed me as an adult and I instill that in my son’s head as well. You want to be successful in life, nobody will give it to you, and you have to go to school and educate yourself, set goals that you want to achieve in life and work toward them, and that is exactly what I’m doing in my life right now. My career goals were to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, become a police detective, as time as went by I would rather be a probation officer, and someday own my bondsman company. My level of professional competence in problem solving, written and oral communication skills, information retrieval and utilization, and collaboration, were okay, but I needed to be stronger in some areas such as communication, problem solving. Part II Evaluate

During my program of study at University of Phoenix, I have grown a lot in problem solving, written and oral communication skills, information retrieval and utilization, and collaboration. When it came to problem solving, I solved the problems the best way I knew how to, either just by following my instincts or asking someone else. Now I know that I can use all the resources...
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