Principals of University Learning

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Assessment Task 1 – Personal Reflections


Reflection 1: Why I chose to study at a university

I chose to study at a university over going to another facility such as TAFE or the workforce because of the opportunities that it offers. Studying at a university opens the door to increased employment, the chance to development myself and my interests and to pioneering change. To me, studying at a university is a mark of success, receiving a degree in an area that I chose. It signified intelligence because I struggled with low self-worth and low self-esteem growing up.

I explored two other career choices before accepting teaching. This was because honestly I had no desire to teach. I did define teaching as a I found my purpose. Joe Casey of Casey careers says that when he speaks to students about the type of career they want, he asks them what it is that they like to learn. What is it makes them tick? What are they passionate about? My passion is teaching! I love it. Why do I love it? Simple really, I’m making an impact, in the lives of tomorrows; leaders, teachers and health professionals, the artists and academics etc. I am empowered by learning and educating and that’s what makes me tick.

‘I have a dream’…probably one of the most famous words ever spoken in American history by a man who was living in such an oppressive time, however, these words are equally powerful for me. ‘I had a dream’, A dream that I could be more than just another worker in an office or department store. I desired to be someone who could make an impact in the lives of the people around me. Studying at a university meant intelligence and recognition. Wanting to study at university, it would be another 14 years before I would step foot onto a university campus, and studying a subject I initially didn’t want to study.

I had explored three other occupations which included prior to choosing education.

I am a pioneer. I am the first to graduate from year 12...
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