Responsibility Essay

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Responsibility Essay GEN/200

I have often pondered throughout my life the “what if’s” of education. What if I don’t finish college and what if I don’t take personal responsibility for furthering my education? My answer being, “Nah, my work ethic and hands on experience will get me to where I need to be.” I’ve later come to realize that for me, that answer isn’t good enough. Getting my Bachelor’s degree will show my responsibility to future employers. It will allow me to provide for my family better financially as well as being a good role model for my kids to look up too. Years ago as a high school student prepping for college, I knew responsibility was important. However, to me sports were more important. I needed college to move forward in my baseball career, not realizing a back-up plan should have been set as well. I proudly finished from a two year junior college, earning myself an Associate’s degree. For me that seemed to be enough. It’s some college, and it’s more than most of those I knew. At the age of twenty and a fresh college graduate, I still had no idea what I was going to do now. Responsibility was not something I ever factored into how to shape my life after college. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said, “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.” After college I was able to land pretty decent jobs with my background in manual labor and eagerness to learn new challenges, but was never quite able to get to that next level, to me, the level of success. Fast forwarding quite a few years into my adulthood, it finally hit me just how important continuing my education is. It is one thing to see or read about successful people and how they got to where they are without an education, but for some reason I’m led to believe they knew someone, THE someone to get their foot in the door of success....
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