Personal Responsibility and College Success

Personal Responsibility and College Success

Personal Responsibility and College Success
Erin A. Miller
GEN/200
December 4, 2011
Aminah Brelvi

Personal Responsibility and College Success
      It is my belief that the correlation between personal responsibility and college success encompass all areas of my life.   Even though teachers are there to teach me, implementing my personal responsibility values will ensure my college success by using solid time management strategies, identifying my goals, and managing my stress.
      Definition of Personal Responsibility
      Personal responsibility, to me, means being aware of my commitments, knowing what my resources are to follow through with those commitments, understanding my deficits, exploring ways to better them, and being active with my goal planning.   My management of time and stress will be the two biggest hurdles to overcome.   When I am considering how best to manage my time, I look at four specific areas:   structuring time for my schoolwork, using an effective calendar, scheduling family time, and managing my stress.   Dave Ellis(2011), author of Becoming a Master Student, summed it up so well by saying, “Time is an equal opportunity resource.   All of us, regardless of gender, race, creed, or national origin, have exactly the same amount of hours in a week. No matter how famous we are, no matter how rich or poor, we get 168 hours to spend each week-no more, no less.”
      Relationship between Personal Responsibility and College Success
      The first step I took to evaluate my time was using the Time Monitor/Time Plan Process provided in chapter two of Becoming a Master Student.   After filling out this chart for one week, I then made a plan on how to spend my time and then monitored for another week.   I then compared my time plan with my actual time used and then made a new plan incorporating my data. The Time Monitor/Time Plan Process tool was an important first step in understanding my use of time and enabling me to effectively schedule...

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