Personal Responsibility: the key to academic success
Individuals that are being personally responsible take ownership of their actions and hold themselves accountable for their performance and the decisions they make. There are many factors that contribute to scholastic achievement, but each student has the power and capability to choose his or her own path that will lead to success or failure. Those students that look within and admit they have control of their accomplishments have a greater chance of reaching their academic goals than an individual that chooses to blame others when they are unsuccessful.
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Excellent organizational skills are part of being personally responsible at school and in your private life.
With all the new freedoms and distractions that come with college life, individuals need to be self-motivated and self-disciplined to ensure they are focused on what matters most; academic accomplishment that leads to a career in their desired field. It takes dedication and resolve to overcome peer pressure, unrestrained action and external obstructions to remain on the path to completion of a degree. Brick walls are not there to keep us out, they are there so we can show how badly we want something. (Pausch, 2010)
In today’s society inundated with politicians, celebrities and athletes that consistently discount their personal responsibility and accountability, it can be easy for individuals to follow suit and blame someone else for their shortcomings, weaknesses and flaws. A total disregard of ethics and morals on which cultures are based can lead to failure of societal standards and laws. To conceal one's imperfections, assigning fault to social and economic differences is an easy rationalization. Feulner (1994) stated “Instead, everything becomes a matter of rights, entitlements, or blame – the detriment of others’ rights and to the abandonment of the individual’s accountability for his own life.” (p.2) An individual needs to look within to find strength to accept his or her limitations and faults and find ways to mature and expand their boundaries.
The basis of a democracy is freedom. To some, this can be overpowering while others embrace it as an opportunity to excel. In his commencement address to the students at Grove City College, Dr. Feulner (1994) stated:
I am talking about the basic fear of freedom. It is ironic that in this age, which has produced Solzhenitsyn and other great consciences who sacrificed and suffered for freedom, many in our own country fear it. They fear the free will that God gave us. They fear the personal responsibility that democracy requires. (p. 2)
In conclusion, students that take responsibility for their actions and conduct are embracing their personal freedom and are willing to be held responsible for their academic success. An individual who accepts responsibility will have greater educational achievements and...