Personal Responsibilty Essay

1192 words - 5 pages

Personal Responsibility

Thesis Statement:
College is a huge commitment and it takes a tremendous drive for excellence and to be extremely personal responsible in order to complete assignments on time. Attention to detail in class is also very important for success. The long hours reading and writing papers will prove to be worth it in the long run if we all continue to keep focused on the end results.

Outline:
1. Definition of personal responsibility and what it means to me.

A. The definition of personal responsibility.

B. What personal responsibility means to me.

2. Explain the relationship between personal responsibility and college success.

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It is what makes us unique, different and diverse. It is our life scorecard, so to speak. It is a reflection of our individuality.
We first see personal responsibility in the way we were brought up. We watch, listen and observe what our parents, sisters, brothers, and friends do. See what is morally and legally right and understanding what the consequences are. High school is really when it shows through. A lot going on with school, home, and work was always tough because you are developing personal responsibility. It really hit home when I joined the Military and it became personal, because everything I did had serious consequences if I failed. We were always taught do the right things even when no one is watching you. You learn and build on ideas to make sound judgments even in conflict. Making sure you always showed early for a mid- night in watch port overseas, so you can get a thorough turn-over. Now you are responsible for the entire safety of the ship and your shipmates. Every decision you make is magnified and critiqued the next day. Was I personal responsible that night? Did anyone get hurt? Did everyone make it back to the ship on time? Were there any emergencies, such as any fires or damage to equipment or man over-boards? Where there any attacks on the ship? Did all of your other watch standers do their job according to the rules and regulations? If all these questions were completed, and answered according to your watch standers guidelines then, yes you were personally responsible. If something did go wrong and you did nothing about it, then you were personally responsible for that action. It is good and bad but the decision you make could alter the way people see you.
When you decide to do something, make darn sure you do it to the best of your abilities. The biggest conflict I have with myself pertaining to my college success is time management. When I decided to go to college, I had all the time in world, even with numerous doctor appointments. I find myself sinking because I was not ready, mentally. I thought my retired military experience could somehow overcome my weaknesses but I was dead wrong. College is a huge commitment, which I gladly take on. I know I will succeed. I always strive for excellence in anything I do. Working on multimillion dollar aircraft for 30 years you have to. I have to catch up somehow so I do...

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