The last twelve months of my life have been a sea of change. I decided to leave my job of six years, undertake a weight loss journey and pursue a Bachelor’s degree. I thought about doing all those things year after year but never did. One day, it really hit me, my job wasn’t opening doors for me, my education was lacking and I was unhealthy. As a result my quality of life was suffering. In order to gain new opportunities and improve my quality of life I needed to take personal responsibility. In the following few paragraphs I will state my definition on personal responsibility, describe the relationship as I see it between personal responsibility and college success, and outline my plan to practice personal
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I went to a technical college and took Information Systems Technology. I had barely even turned on a computer before my first day of class. It was tough to manage a job and go to school for eight hours a day. My weeks were at a minimum of eighty hours. I had to work harder than almost everyone in the class, nothing came easy. Basic computer skills, programming and computer math, it was all very challenging. Over the course of two years I struggled extremely in some areas. There were many late nights, many tutoring sessions and a ton of commitment. The only reason I succeeded was because I was committed and kept working hard. Finally, after three years that included a five month break, I made it to the stage. Earning that diploma was the best moment of my life. I did it alone and earned it all with no shortage of sweat, tears and many sleepless nights. Haskins (2009) describes personal responsibility when applied to college success as accepting the responsibility to study hard and to learn as much as we can in courses that press against the limits of our capacity. Seeing this text in writing made me feel even better about what I achieved.
My decision to enroll again in college for my Bachelor’s degree was not made lightly. I considered the financial burdens, time commitments and many sacrifices. I had done it before and had a pretty good idea of the challenges. I relate personal responsibility to my