Personal Responsibility Leads to Academic Success

Personal Responsibility Leads to Academic Success


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May 11, 2012

Albert Hernandez
Personal responsibility is very simple, holding yourself responsible for your own shortfalls, challenges, and successes, by learning to adapt and overcome obstacles necessary to become who or what you want to be and although there are always outside factors that influence decisions made, you ultimately have the final say in that decision. Through acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the decisions you make will allow you to seize the direction of your life and move forward on the path to success. Failing to acknowledge or accept that you are responsible for the decisions you make may adversely affect college success. Maxwell? ? (n.d.),? “It??™s not always what we know that makes it a good decision. It is what we do to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision??¦ maybe even a great one!???? (para.? 1).
As college students we face many challenges and have many responsibilities from financial to personal responsibilities to balancing personal and school time. I believe you have to first identify the challenges you face as a student. The key to making the best decisions for academic success is thorough exploration of the most significant outside factors including, time management, financial management, and health. Between school, work, family, and social obligations, finding time to get everything done can be a challenge. However with a solid time management plan in place this does not have to be an obstacle. Taking charge of your hectic schedule through analyzing the priorities and categorizing each task by level of importance is a must for success in personal and business life. Going to college or back to college can be stressful on finances. Developing a financial plan, such as a solid budget and plans in place to finance college are essential for alleviating this outside stress. These financial practices will carry over and lead to successful personal financial situation as well. Overall emotional and physical health of the student is crucial for college success. It is too easy to become overloaded and drained while juggling hectic schedules and in doing so our emotional and physical health takes a hard hit. Staying healthy and not becoming overwhelmed ties back into developing a time management plan in place as well as a solid financial plan. Taking personal responsibility for your schedules and finances inevitably leads to college success.
Unfortunately, we have morphed into a culture of blame-the-other-guy and coined the phrase I didn??™t know. Failing to accept personal responsibility and placing blame on outside factors is detrimental to personal and college success. The most important reason to acknowledge and accept personal responsibility for the decisions you make is that failing to do so will lead to a negative outcome resulting in academic failure.
For example, after attending class and reviewing the syllabus you realize a 10 page report is due during at the same time when you also have a very important project at work due, a school function that you must attend for your child, and a dentist appointment that same week. In looking at the tight time frame in which you have to complete the assignment you see it is wise to reschedule the dentist appointment. This will give you that time at work to focus on the project you are committed to completing there. You decide to get up an hour earlier each day and instead of watching television in the evening spend that hour working on the 10 page assignment. The assignment is completed and turned in on time, resulting in a letter grade of A. This is a prime example of looking forward into a hectic schedule, prioritizing and reprioritizing tasks to accomplish all the important goals for that time frame.
The example above is a great example of taking action and personal responsibility. The affect of not taking personal responsibility has negative affects on the outcome of the goals in the example below. Instead of looking at the schedule ahead of time to prioritize tasks you just go with the flow. You find yourself in the dentist??™s office for four hours longer than originally planned. Resulting in working late each day that week to make up for time lost on the work project. You also have that school function to attend for your child. It is now two days before the 10 page report is due, and you are cramming in research and at the last minute get the assignment completed by the deadline. You get your grade. It is not the grade you wanted, so you e-mail your instructor explaining to him/her how hectic your week was and use that excuse as to why your assignment was not up to par. This example of not taking personal responsibility for your actions supports the theory that it may adversely affect academics and lead to failure.
My personal plan of action for taking personal responsibility for my success in college is as follows:
??? Eat a healthier diet. Especially breakfast.
??? Make an effort to get sufficient sleep.
??? Schedule time for exercise.
??? Fine tune my daily schedule to prioritize school work, healthy diet, exercise, and family time.
??? Utilize campus resources to the fullest.
??? Stick to my budget!
I know that if I stick to this plan of action it will positively affect my life in general and lead to academic success.
In conclusion, although there are always going to be outside factors that have an impact on decisions, acknowledging that you are solely responsible for all the choices in your life is very important for two main reasons. First, realizing that through thoroughly analyzing all potential outcomes will aid in better decisions ultimately resulting in academic success, but most importantly failing to accept responsibility for those decisions made will lead to academic failure.

Maxwell, J. (n.d.). Maxwell: Making Good Decisions Better | SUCCESS Magazine | John C. Maxwell. SUCCESS Magazine | Your Personal Development Resource . Retrieved May 10, 2012, from
This is a great overview on how to make good decisions better, managing those decisions, and decision-making traps. The author demonstrates steps to follow for making good decisions better.
Murphy, P. (n.d.). CollegePrep-101 at Oklahoma State University . Server. Retrieved May 10, 2012, from
This article discusses in length the transition into college as a freshman and delves into taking certain actions to become a successful student while juggling outside factors. The author is a professor at the university and includes a plan of action for new students to follow for academic success.