December 02, 2013
Imagine your life if you did not take any responsibility. You never turn anything in on time, you don’t feed your cat, and you do not wash your socks. You would fail your class, your cat would be hungry, and you would stink. That life would be a chaotic one, so while it may seem difficult to learn personal responsibility, it is most important because the choices you make early in your education, influence your success in your academic career. Everyone needs clean socks, right?
Personal responsibility is simply a person’s “response-ability,” that is, the ...view middle of the document...
For every action will be a reaction
Personal responsibility and your college success go together like bread and butter. You cannot have college success without taking some sort of responsibility. If you plan on your college career running a smooth course, there must be prioritizing, studying, and time management. My high school chemistry teacher always said “For every action, there is a reaction.” Yes, that is a chemistry quote, but it can also be used in everyday life. If you study hard (the action), you are more likely to receive a higher score on your test (the reaction). Being a few minutes late for class might not seem like a big deal now, but it sure will be when you get there five minutes late and the teacher has locked you out of class. Those five minutes just cost you an hour of lecture and has affected your attendance. So, if you can take charge of your personal responsibilities now, college success will be following right behind.
Practice makes perfect
Having a plan to practice personal responsibility is always a smart idea, especially for me. My schedule is full. Between being a full-time parent, working a full-time job, and going to school, it seems there is no room for anything else in my life. That is why I have a plan.
I plan to stay calm. This is the life I chose, and I will live it to the fullest. There is no sense in stressing out when, in reality, this is an exciting time. I plan to stay organized, not just in a school setting, but at work, and at home as well. It is my responsibility to choose school over fun this time. There will be no repeat failures! Yes, I made a mistake by not taking personal responsibility the first time I was in school, but I will take those lessons learned, and apply them to my life now. Last, I will set short-term, and long-term goals, and use all of my resources, including those above, to reach them.
From everything you have read so far, you probably think I have everything figured out, right? Wrong! It is one thing to know what your personal responsibilities, but it is another to follow through and complete them. Personal responsibility is a tough thing to learn. Many adults do not have it; many kids have been taught it (Guthrie, 2008). ...