Gen/200 Foundations for General Education and Professional Success
September 17, 2012
Personal responsibility is the characteristic of accepting complete responsibility for your actions, while acknowledging the possible consequences that those actions may have on others and your academic career. It is the understanding that what you do impacts your overall personal success. There is a direct relation between personal responsibility and college success. In fact, it is the foundation needed to ensure your academic goal is achieved. Because of its importance, it is necessary to develop a preliminary plan for practicing personal responsibility in an educational environment. Having personal responsibility not only determines the level of success one will achieve in society but also academically.
College success is closely related to personal responsibility. In order to successfully reach your goal of obtaining a college degree you have hold yourself accountable for how well you perform during your academic career. Accountability is the understanding that your progression while attending college is solely your responsibility and your actions ultimately determine your level of success. Accepting personal responsibility is accepting that whatever the outcome will be is at no one else’s fault but your own. It is the ability to acknowledge that you are personally responsible for everything that you say and do. Canfield and Switzer (2005) writes, “If you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life” (p.3). Not everyone acquires this characteristic. People in today’s society are more apt to credit everyone but themselves for their own shortcomings (Canfield & Switzer, 2005). In this book the author emphasizes the ideal of taking complete...