Personal Responsibility as It Relates to Student Success

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Personal Responsibility as it Relates to Student Success Amber Macalam GEN/200 May 13, 2014 James Lucas Personal Responsibility as it Relates to Student Success “If you think someone or something other than yourself is responsible for your happiness or success, I'd guess you're not that happy or successful,” (Liano, n.d.). Students who take responsibility for their own goals and commitments have the qualities and skills to achieve success in their life, both at home and in school. Practicing personal responsibility can also create core ethical characteristics that can be substantially beneficial to the success of a college student. This paper will explain how students, who are accountable to their goals and commitments in school, have the necessary skills and qualities to become successful. “Taking personal accountability is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies,” (Schuck, 2013, p.12). Personal responsibility is defined on different levels by many people. For a student, personal responsibility would mean staying committed to their choice to go back to school and persevering through the many obstacles a student encounters while on their path to a degree. There is a level of dedication that is required from the student to stay committed to the reach their goals. Along with the decision to get a college degree come a certain amount of sacrifices in a student’s life such as budgeting their time and money. A student could assume responsibility for these obstacles by creating a budget so that overspending and time away from studies do not interfere with his or her educational goals. A student’s priorities in life should shift to dedicate more focus on school, but it is that student’s responsibility to change their priorities. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of

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