Personal Responsibility and College Success

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Personal Responsibility and College Success
Antwan Houston
GEN/200
October 25, 2011
University of Phoenix

Personal Responsibility and College Success
Introduction
Personal responsibility requires one to finally accept the truth that you are responsible for your own actions. Most of the time when mistakes are made, the initial reaction is to point a finger or find an excuse rather than accept involvement. Personal responsibility is the key to College success because at times, most students find themselves falling short of what lies in between these two. Some examples of are turning in homework assignments at the last minute, running late for class, and cramming for a test. As noted by Sullivan (2011), “Personal change also requires the right timing. Just because you do not understand another perspective or have not developed a particular skill, practice, or ability does not mean you never will (, p.27).” When an individual takes personal responsibility for their actions, it can help clarify which life goals are most important and the means to achieve college success by understanding that our values support how we go about making decisions. Taking Responsibility for Your Own Actions

To me, taking responsibility for your own actions is similar to the phrase “you got to crawl before you can walk”. Owning up to your mistakes and actions, and realizing that you are in charge of your destiny isn’t an easy task because at this point, you just started to crawl. A lot of times we find ourselves falling back into that mind frame of doing just enough to get by and don’t realize that bad habits are hard to break. “Never grow a wishbone where a backbone should be.” This is a powerful quote from Clementine Paddleford as advice to his daughter. To show backbone, is to show determination and the same can be shown when taking responsibility for you. Wanting in life can also be like wishing and as it’s been said time and time again, wishes don’t always come true (Sullivan, 2011). The same goes with personal responsibility and how it relates to college success. As one chapter comes to an end, so shall another chapter begin? Some people want to start by turning a new leaf the same as making a New Year’s resolution, but how many times do we actually keep our word? Action through determination becomes minimal and can be left in the shadows because of complacency. Losing track of your goals is an irresponsibility that can knock you down when you just started to stand comfortably. Determining Morals and Which Goals are Most Important

Determining morals and which goals are important can be the missing pieces to your puzzle of college success. The basis of course is to find what is missing so that you may create more volume. I left out the bigger picture as most people would use because some may look at that picture and start to daydream. You shouldn’t daydream about your morals and goals because assumptions can cause you to ask yourself what if statements that brings about conflict. Moral cognition, moral affect, and moral behavior are discussed where moral behavior attracts the most attention in higher education and personal responsibility. Problems ranging from drinking, eating disorders, classroom disruption, and drug abuse amongst college students may be considered bias where peer pressure meets social learning on understanding how behavior develops. There can be a noted disagreement as to whether this behavior is viewed as a moral, or amoral issue as a matter of personal choice (Swaner, 2005). Knowing which goals are most important is the first step in taking on personal responsibility. It's not an easy task trying to figure out what sacrifices need to be made on your journey to college success because life's pleasures are always waiting around the corner. Time can become your best friend or your worst enemy. Learning to use it wisely when separating school and leisure to me is a type of management that comes with goal setting as...
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