Reflective Essay: Accelerated Degree Program

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Reflective Essay When I started at Philadelphia University, in the Accelerated Degree Program, I knew that the process ahead would be difficult yet I was full of optimism and hope at the future that a bachelor degree would afford me the chance to have a better life. Though I was optimistic, the thought of having to complete all of the required courses instilled some fear into me. I felt like I lacked the confidence and skill to perform at a satisfactory level. Theodore Roosevelt once stated “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed” (Roosevelt, 2012), remembering this, I knew that I had to place my fear aside and try my hardest to accomplish my goals in order to get where I wanted to be in life. Initially, my reasons for going back to school was to set an example to my younger siblings that education is a lifelong process and it’s never too late to pursue your dreams of wanting more out of life. I wanted them to know that it’s possible if you can put your mind and energy into it. Somehow I also felt that getting a degree would give me sense of…show more content…
I came to this school from Community College of Philadelphia already knowing that I wanted to major in Behavioral and Health Services; I had taken numerous Behavioral Health courses and though I knew exactly what I was headed for-was I ever wrong. Going through the Behavioral Health program has taught me so much more than stuff about healthcare and helping people, it has taught me how to set goals and objectives. I have learned how to communicate more effectively, view information from a global perspective, how to conduct proper research and analyze information. Most importantly I’ve learned that achieving my goals takes a lot of commitment and hard work, for instance, I had to make sacrifices such as cutting my work hours from fulltime to part-time and learn to put education high on my priority

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