August 12, 2013
Personal responsibility means holding yourself accountable for our actions, owning up to our own behavior and dealing with the consequences, whatever they may be. In life, we cannot rely on other people to do things for us. It is so easy to blame the people around us when things go wrong, but ultimately it is up to me to determine whether or not I will succeed in life. Everyone has goals in life, but the only way to achieve them is to be realistic and set goals for themselves. Responsibility is more than just thinking or wanting to do something; it is about the actions that go along with those intentions. I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility” (Andersen, 2013).
I believe that college success is basically impossible without a good understanding of personal responsibility and what it means. Whether we are starting college fresh out of high school, or coming back later in life makes no difference to the instructor or our classmates. We are held to the same level of responsibility as everyone else in the class, and are expected to turn our assignments in on time, etc. This is vital especially when it comes to working in learning teams, as we not only let ourselves down when we do not complete something on time; we let our entire team down as well. There is a domino effect that happens when we start becoming lazy with our schoolwork. Once a person gets behind, it is much harder to become motivated to catch up! In our textbook Becoming a Master Student, the author states how time is not a renewable resource. It is one thing (unlike most other things in life) that we cannot get back, and once a minute is gone, it is gone forever, so we need to use our time wisely (Ellis, 2011). It is so...
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