The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton. I am a non-traditional student with a very busy schedule. I returned to school after working for 10 years as a General Manager of a large Tax Corporation. I returned to college with great expectations and ideals. I never imagined the changes and personal growth that would take place in me as I progressed through my college career. I have always been goal driven and strived for perfection, however being in college has changed my expectations of my Instructors, my time management skills, my scientific knowledge and ...view middle of the document...
I will also be upset with myself if I didn’t get them right the first time. Being a perfectionist can waste time, because you are consistently trying to “get it right”.
Coming into college I had great expectations of my instructors. I believed they were like a smart phone; always in my pocket and available to answer my questions with correct answers when I needed them. This is not the case. As it turned out most of my Instructors are everyday individuals with heaps of work on their plates. Each trying to balance one class to the next, student meetings, grading homework, creating lectures, making study guides, and daily life. I had to learn to narrow down my field of questioning to only the essential and necessary questions.
Today I try to only state my problem and ask my instructor to point me into the right direction. When I need more detail or attention with an issue, I like to send emails in advance so the instructors can answer in their time. I attempt to make things as simple as possible for my instructors while getting the input I need to effectively complete my assignments.
Subject 4- Time management
Before entering into college, I was somewhat an organized individual. I would write down a list of what needed to be accomplished and do my best to complete all the tasks on the list. The problem was I would get distracted and off track, never really completing the tasks on the list until the last minute.
Now I make a detailed schedule on a calendar and assign each task a time. The timeline helps keep me on track. I know that if I haven’t finished a task at 11am and it was scheduled to be done at 11am, I better pick up the pace or I will fall behind. I have learned to better manage my time as a result of a busy family life, full time job, and a demanding college schedule.
Subject 5- Scientific knowledge.
Prior to college you could tell me pretty much anything and I would have probably believed you for the most part, unless it was just way out in left...