Foundations for General Education and Professional Success
Dr. Annette Roter
Although personal responsibility is a perception of ideas or standards established by society, personal success depends upon personal responsibility because it promotes accountability and also reflects on the accountability in our professional lives.
Upholding personal responsibility is the key to success in any type of environment. It is the commitment to ourselves telling us to get out of bed to get ready for work or to go to class. On the other hand, personal responsibility is the acceptance of failure to accomplish the task that we are ...view middle of the document...
Almost anyone would much rather hang out with friends or watch television than to work on an essay but this only tightens the deadline and adds unnecessary stress to the equation. One should set clear timelines on what is to be completed and when.
Communication is another important part of keeping personal responsibility intact. Both verbal and nonverbal communications play a major role in college. Verbal communication would consist of discussions with the instructor, fellow students, friends, and family. Informing the instructor that you may have some trouble understanding the topic may let him or her know that you are trying but may require some constructive feedback or assistance in locating a tutor. Taking part in classroom discussions also allows feedback and more insight from the instructor and students. Friends, family or perhaps even a complete stranger whose expertise is in an area of interest may prove to be helpful and may even set you up for networking for job placement in the future. Nonverbal ways of communication could be as simple as showing up for class on time. When I was previously working on an associate’s degree, I struggled throughout a chemistry class. The instructor was very intelligent but was beyond my understanding and comprehension. At the end of the class the instructor was handing out final grades, I discovered myself and only about half of the class passed. Afterwards I jokingly asked her how in the world this was possible because I know some of those who failed had scored higher on the test throughout the semester. Her response was this. “Those students didn’t care enough about the class or their grades to even show up most of the time. They thought that the classroom work that you struggled through but worked hard at was beneath them. You showed up early and stayed late to seek help and understanding where as they barely bothered to show up at all.” This was a turning point. This was when I realized that even unspoken words of “I’m trying here,...