Personal Responsibility and College Success

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Personal Responsibility and College Success

Personal Responsibility and College Success
Did you know that people with a degree are earning significantly more than people with only a high school diploma? According to Gifted Child Today (2010): The average income for someone employed full time with a bachelor’s degree was 65% higher than for someone employed full time with only a high school degree. Over a lifetime, someone with a bachelor’s degree can earn 75% more than a high school graduate can expect to earn—$2.1 million compared with $1.2 million. Moreover, more jobs for the future will require some type of postsecondary education (pg. 8). The problem here is that many students start their postsecondary education, and never finish because of different factors. Commitment to earning a postsecondary education through personal responsibility is an important combination of knowing the goals, understanding the obstacles, how to overcome them, and building a plan to be successful in college. Personal responsibility is to make decisions and be accountable for the outcome, whether good or bad. Merriam-Webster’s Learning Dictionary (2013) defines responsibility as “to do something on your own responsibility is to do it without being told to and to accept the blame if it has a bad result.” The best way to define your own personal responsibility is figuring out your weaknesses by being honest with yourself, finding resources to overcome those weaknesses, being aware of the commitments you are making and how to follow through with those commitments. Even if you make a mistake, it is not the end of the world. What makes you who you are and the values you hold is how you handle it. Dissect the mistake made and figure out what you could have done differently and follow that path next time. There is a direct relationship between personal responsibility and college success. You must be able to take responsibility for the grades you get through the decisions you make. A...
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