Personal Responsibility in Higher Education

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Personal Responsibility in Higher Education

This paper will attempt to define what personal responsibility is and how it plays a part within higher education. It will also discuss a couple of strategies for success as a student. Lastly, I will discuss my approach of personal responsibility in my higher education. Personal responsibility according to "Merriam-Webster" (n.d.), is “Personal: relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner..” (para. 4) and “Responsibility: moral, legal, or mental accountability” (para. 1 sec. a). Now what does it mean to me? I think personal responsibility is the use of dedication, determination and motivation to complete what needs to be done. One must first dedicate themselves to seeing the project to the end no matter the trials. Determination and motivation work as a team to provide the push or drive to stick to the project until completed. All of which should be key points in a strong work ethic. Colby and Sullivan (2009) Five Key Dimensions of Personal and Social Responsibility touch on several good ethical, moral, and basic values. Of which point one is a great example of strong work ethic: Colby and Sullivan (2009) “1. Striving for excellence: developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing one’s very best in all aspects of college”. Personal responsibility plays a huge part in college success. College is very different from Kindergarten through 12 educations as the teachers no longer give reminders or class time to work on projects. In college you are solely responsible for your actions and deadlines. One needs to learn to balance school, work, and personal entertainment. Dedicating yourself to completing a college degree means you have chosen to complete your assignments in a timely manner no matter what trials (missing football game with friends, etc.). Placing reminders of why you are in school, such as images of vacations or life dreams...
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