Jose Angel Alcala
Personal Responsibility as an Adult Student
Merriam-Webster (2014) defines responsibility as “a duty or task that you are required or expected to do.” Personal responsibility means taking ownership of any actions required in carrying out said duty or task. In the case of an adult student that can mean learning to balance a working profession, family life, and a school schedule.
To me going back to college after 14 years, as a working professional, took on a whole new meaning. As a young teenager coming out of high school I could have attended ...view middle of the document...
Another personal responsibility I have to take care of is my family. My significant other deserves my time and affection. If she needs help with running errands, cooking dinner or household chores I have an obligation or duty to help with those tasks. I also have a 12 year old son who also requires my time and attention. That means that after work I need to be there for him, whether it is to help him with homework, get him to a team practice, or just being there for him to talk to or play with.
Returning to college to earn a degree is not without its own responsibilities. To achieve college success requires planning out a schedule to attend class, setting aside time to complete assignments, and completing the assignments. Working hard in these areas will allow me to become a more marketable professional and hopefully someday a successful businessman.
In conclusion, it is up to me to balance a schedule that will allow me to be a working professional, a family man, and become a successful student and earn my degree. It will take hard work and dedication to make it happen around an already busy schedule. To quote the great Vince Lombardi “ The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”