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Here’s a personal essay I wrote almost four years ago for my journalism course let me know what you think!

“Many students start their academic paths not knowing what to expect and without the complete understanding of what is required, the resources available to assist, or their true passion or ultimate goal. The understanding comes along the way with learned skills, gained knowledge, etc. Thus, many terms such as academic success are unclear as it is sought after. Becoming a master student is on the road to academic success is achievable when students become knowledgeable and gain intelligence, set and prioritize goals, are persistence, and utilize available resources. The circumstances students overcome, becoming knowledgeable and obtaining skills, along with academic achievement is the ultimate academic success, etc.

Academic Success is a term that consists of a varying goal that many students strive toward. “The definition of academic success is necessarily complex and broad; however, it is often misused within educational research to encapsulate all generally accepted desired outcomes.” (York.T.Gibson) Academic success is a difficult term to define as it covers a wide range of topics and it is personalized according to an individual’s perception of what success truly means. In educational research, this term is commonly misinterpreted to equate to academic achievement singly. Many students seek after an academic goal that may be generalized when these goals should be determined and personalized by the individual along their academic road. “We encourage future practitioners and researchers to expand their definition of academic success beyond that of academic achievement.” (York, 2015) The ultimate definition is up to the student.

“Individual scholars recognized the importance of obtaining a degree, whether undergraduate or graduate, through the effect on an individual student’s life both economically and personally.” Obtaining a degree after the completion of a program is very important for a student who initially enroll in school it is a set goal. My educational and career goals consist of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communications, continuing education in business/marketing, ultimately becoming a writer/magazine publisher. Goal setting is essential when striving toward success. It is imperative to organize, prioritize and get a clear understanding of interests and true passion. Time management and organization skills have developed in my path toward academic success. Writers are consistently held to deadlines and are expected to manage their time accordingly. Time management and prioritizing/goal setting are two obstacles I have learned how to overcome. I am ready and committed to complete the necessary college coursework on the road to my success. While examining my ethical lens, I found that personal biases have formed in various ways, however, through education, I recognize these biases. I believe that every action results in consequences; the individual has a right to their belief system. The individual should utilize critical thinking, set aside biases, and analyze information from another point of view for understanding.

“We found that academic performance in the form of academic achievement, an accomplishment of learning objectives, and acquisition of skills and competencies were the most frequently measured aspects of academic success.” Academic success is measured in many ways. In this study, it was found that the student’s academic performance is commonly determined through examining academic achievements and also learned objectives and skills. Learning styles vary among students. Success is achievable when students understand how they learn best. Knowing my learning style helps with my success because I am aware of how I can retain information and can help people who are similar to me. I learn using a combination of styles including visual and auditory and critical thinking. Thinking critically/Visual/verbal &Tactical/kinesthetic learning preferences include viewing images/ learning by seeing/ viewing written work. Learning by physically doing (hands-on) Diverse learning styles allow more in dept learning. These learning styles help me learn by association, implementation. Motive based justification is my blind spot. There are universal rules set by society, and there are expectations to follow the set rules. I depend on my reasoning skills and rationality to understand the duties and universal rules in society. I am inclined to protect the rights of individuals within society. I focus on the needs of individuals in society and support diverse belief systems compared to what is perceived as the social norm.

Academic readiness: The ability to handle the various demands and structures of the educational environment.

During this course, I have learned how to prepare academically for the unknown. Academic readiness is imperative; students should be able to handle the various demands of the education environment. A step to becoming academically ready includes properly utilizing critical thinking. It is essential and necessary in many circumstances; especially while setting educational and career goals. The process of critical thinking includes remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. To become successful students should remember their intended purpose for continuing education and remain focused, persistent and determined. Students should gain understating while becoming educated in academics; students should utilize their resources and understand what is available. Apply education and experience to determine goals, analyze the requirements and personal strengths and evaluate what is important or necessary. Create a new outlook, set of goals, plan to achieve a mastery education, ensuring success. This method is intended to produce an objective result and produces a goal. Critical Thinking is a process of thinking and used to analyze information for a goal, a purpose and to produce an objective result. Critical thinking is imperative in both professional and personal interactions as well as personal planning. This method of thinking will execute in professional environments and personal lives when an individual becomes self-aware. During this thinking process, students will produce new ideas that are created based on the collection of information and experiences.”