Continuing Academic Success

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Continuing Academic Success
Joseph La Corte
Portia Dennis

Continuing Academic Success
Despite the time needed and money spent, returning to school as an adult is never a bad idea due to the opportunities it can present. If approached with an open mind the idea of returning to school, while daunting, is easily justified. A person who feels stuck, spinning their tires so to speak, can go back to school to gain more traction by learning new skills and earning a degree. It’s not supposed to be simple, in fact, approximately 60% of undergraduates attend more than one college while earning a bachelor’s degree (Kinser & Deitchman, 2007), but with determination and persistence it can be done.

Setting Goals
Goals can be set by being honest with oneself. What do I want to achieve in this endeavor? What are the real reasons for my enrollment in school? (Callin, 1983) My particular goals are, like many others, based on financial success. I want to be comfortable. I want to be able to provide for my family, and when I have children of my own I want my wife to have the option of not working. How do I do that without getting a degree? The answer for me was no. So I decided then I would set an educational goal for myself, to earn my bachelor’s degree. After selecting my degree I set a professional goal of becoming an IT specialist or programmer, more specifically a mobile applications developer. These goals will serve as a driving force for me in school.

Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is a learned skill that gives you a foundation for dealing with complex challenges in your career, your relationships, and your community (Ellis, 2011). Without the ability to think critically, we would not be able to separate what’s important from what’s nonsense. I intend to use what I learned in this course to improve my own ability to take apart what I see...