DeAndre D. Benson
March 20, 2014
The vast majority of the hurdles that exist in my life are existent due to the commitments that I have accepted. I committed to being a stable partner to my wife, to being a dedicated father, to display a good amount of volunteerism, and to uphold strong religious values. These standards bring challenges that require the use of appropriate time management, commitment, determination and confidence in order to be successful. It is my responsibility to approach my education with the same resilience I have in these other areas of my life. A person may conclude that I could ...view middle of the document...
Finally, I must live up to the vision of Lee Memorial AME church congregation, in my commitment as a Steward serving as a spiritual arm to my Pastor who has a great mission to serve and minister to the common man or woman. Through the years I look at all the time devoted and sacrificed in order to uphold these responsibilities. I triumphed through twelve years of marriage with my wife, watched my son grow from a vibrant baby boy into a 5’4” eleven year old and ; in addition, to dealing with my daughter and her ever changing personality who has the intellect of someone twice her age. I have watched my youth basketball group start off as tiny tots and emerge into mighty mights. Also, through great spiritual teachings I have enriched my beliefs in God and have stepped into an essential role at Lee Memorial AME church congregation as the youngest appointed Treasurer. I often consider where I might be, if I had earned my degree some years back. Would I be in a position financially to live the life that makes me comfortable? Taniguchi (2005) stated that “Although studies have shown a significant wage gain associated with the possession of a college degree, few have considered at what age the degree was received to estimate the college wage premium” (p. 861). As a responsible individual I recognized that the same efforts maintained over the past years of managing my time, staying focused and persevering through until the end could land me in the same position at the end of this college experience.
Explain the Relationship Between Personal Responsibility and College Success
In order to balance life’s responsibilities and school it is going to take me having a strong commitment to prioritize my life, so that I’m in a position to succeed. In caring for my family’s needs it is equally important that I balance my life to stay positive and help support their aspirations. My time management is likewise important in setting myself on course to become a successful college student. It is necessary that I know what work assignments are to be completed and that I take an active role in producing quality work to earn maximum credit. Another factor that relates to success will be the proper utilization of my resources, which will produce consistent habits that I will need to follow. I must maintain a sound fiscal budget in order to offset the cost of paying for school. Finally, it is important that I stay focused on the goal I envision, which is to be a college graduate and show resilience through hard times to create a better life for myself and others who depend on me.
Provide a Preliminary Plan to Practice Personal Responsibility
My plan starts with a pledge to myself to be totally committed to achieving my degree and staying determined not to let anything stand in my way. The introduction back to college life as a non-traditional college student has identified the need to enhance my time management skills. According to the Estates...