Refining Solutions

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Refining Solutions
Kelly Barnes
PHL/458
Leatrice Phares
July 22, 2013

Refining Solutions
When a problem presents itself to a person, they need to create solutions for that problem. When a person refines their solutions, they are making good ideas even better. Basically, it is making the results of their creative thinking more effective, workable, and attractive. This stage is also about finding flaws and complications in the solutions and improving their ideas (Ruggiero, V. 2009). Original Issue

My issue happened a couple of years ago, when I was unsure if I wanted to continue college or drop out of college. Since I had graduated high school, I had struggled with college. I had attended three different colleges in three years. When I had dropped out of the third college, I was conflicted on whether to attended college anymore or not attend. I was blaming a lot on the colleges, saying that the college was not right for me. Later to find out that I was right about those colleges not being right for me but also that I needed to apply myself more to my studies. I worked many hours with my job (60 or more hours weekly) and I could not keep up with going back and forth to campus for class. The decision to whether or not attend college, was weighting on me to say the less. Initial Solutions

My first solution was to drop out of college because it just was not for me and I could not find a college that worked best for me. This was a lazy solution but one of the first solutions that came to mind. My second solution was to try a fourth college and perhaps see if it would work out. My third solution was to attend my last college and apply myself more. Critical Examination of Best Solution

To pick the best solution I had to look at each solution and find the flaws and imperfections. My first solution had a lot of flaws such as failing. If I dropped out of college I would be a “quitter”. I have always been competitive and never like to quit, so I did not feel comfortable with this solution. I also knew that if I dropped out of college, I would still have to pay for thee years of college and I would not have a degree or career to show for it. My second solution had its flaws, such as history repeating itself. If I attended a fourth college, I could drop out again and have no degree and even more debt. This was a something I did not want to happen again and struggled with the decision. My third solution was a decision that I really considered. I thought that I did not try hard enough and could of applied myself more to my studies. However, my college was 40 minutes away. If I wanted to attend college five days a week, I would have to cut back my hours and then I would not be able to afford my bills. Evaluation of the Argument

Often people tend to rush to judgment or a solution of an argument. It is important to understand the argument before making any kind of judgment or solution. That is the reason why I listed all my solutions to my issues, and the flaws as well. This will let me evaluate all sides of the issues and let me chose the best solution. After evaluating my issues, I was aware that I was not applying myself enough to my studies. No matter which solution I picked, I needed to apply myself more. Even though I needed to apply myself more, the three colleges I attended were not the right colleges for me because of my work schedule and lifestyle. I need to choose the best solution that would accommodate my lifestyle. Revised Argument

After evaluating the argument, I noticed I needed to make a couple changes. I knew that those three colleges that I had attended were not right for my lifestyle. Therefore, I needed to find a college that did work with my lifestyle. I talked to some people and my sister suggested University of Phoenix online. I did some research on Phoenix and found that it fit perfectly with my lifestyle and work schedule. The second thing I needed to change was myself. I need to apply myself more...
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