Ross E. Kensey
February 27, 2012
Dr. Linda Amankwaa
My Personal Plan to Succeed
Going back to school is never an easy endeavor. Balancing the requirements of work and family alone can be a daunting task. When school is added into the mix, this can easily become a stressful time in life. In this paper I will examine my personal and professional goals, reasons for pursuing my graduate degree, and strategies that I will employ to make it easier to obtain academic success. I will also examine milestones that will mark the achievement of my short and long-term goals, challenges I will face while attempting to meet my goals, strengths, and weaknesses related to personal communication, and strategies to improve personal communication.
My personal goals consist of becoming financially stable by the age of 45. This would include a short-term goal of reducing my credit card debt to zero. As many are aware debt is not only a financial burden, it is a burden that affects us emotionally, physically, and mentally. There has been research that has shown an association between personal debt and mental illness including alcohol and drug dependency (Murray, 2010). My long-term personal goal would be to get to a point in my life where I am not living paycheck to paycheck and establish a “rainy day” fund for emergencies. When looking at my professional goals, I want to take on a larger role in future clinical informatics projects and one day make it to a management level informatics position that will have a greater impact on a greater number of people.
I believe in the power of education. Growing up in an impoverished environment, I was taught that the road to a better life is the road that leads to education. Both my parents had undergraduate degrees and my mother went on to complete her graduate degree. My parents could provide for myself and my siblings because...