Personal responsibility is to be accountable for your actions and accepting the responsibility that comes along with it actions. Basically, this means that when you mess up, you don’t blame anyone else. Be accountable for your mistakes, be mature, and learn for your own errors. As a student in college, you must know what your school expects from you. Learn to be respectful to all of the rules, and follow them as they are set forth by the institution that you attend. In order to understand what your own sense of responsibility can be, it is important to know the difference between external and internal controls; these things can allow you to understand what is motivating you, and what you have to take responsibility for.
You have the freedom to make decision about your career choices and be responsible toward your academic success but complete the entire prerequisite requirement to graduate from college. It is the individual responsibility to be serious about his or her education, and stay focus doing methods of instruction from instructors. Each instructor has different teaching styles for his or her methods of instruction. More writing, reading, and always you will be challenge to the limit to achieve your education. Seek responsibility for your actions to study hard, focus on writing skills and balanced your work and school. Set your priorities in the right direction while attending college, focus, study, attend all of the requirement courses you need to graduate on time.
The two approaches to maintaining responsible conduct for yourself as an individual are internal controls and external controls. With external controls, outside forces with authority above individuals places restrictions on them, in order to prevent them from taking actions that are thought to be unproductive, unethical or dangerous (Hartman, 2011). Basically, individual judgment is not trusted in order to keep someone ethical - the threat of outside punishment has to be presented in order to get people to behave ethically. External controls are put in place by others to secure and control people, and offer recourse for those who do not believe that the public servant can regulate themselves. In the context of college, our instructors and faculty place restrictions on us so that we do not behave badly or engage poorly with the class. This usually happens through assigning bad grades, forcing us to retake assignments/classes, or potentially expelling us if we do not do well enough.
Internal controls, on the other hand, are ways to motivate people's internal desires and attitudes, to make them want to do it themselves (Hartman, 2011). While external controls are used to make people pay for doing something bad, internal controls allow individuals to make ethical decisions themselves. Internal controls include values and beliefs that promote ethical behavior within the individual - in essence, a person wants to behave ethically, and that is their control for providing that behavior. It is hoped that exposure to different strategies is one way people can develop internal controls for themselves without having to bring in external controls (getting bad grades, suffering in the job market) as a deterrent. In this case, internal controls are usually good feelings that you get when you get a good grade, the feeling of accomplishment, one's own desire to succeed in the job market after college, and more.
Some students don’t make it in college. Some drop out because of financial responsibility, academic failure, personal problems, or changes in their career plans. Your personal responsibility as a student is to discipline yourself to achieve you education for higher success while attending college. These are an example of internal controls, as we want to succeed in college because of our own reasons, not the fear of punishment from outside forces. If you fail to attain a degree from an institution of your choice, career opportunities will be few and far, you will earn less pay, you will not gain the financial stability you would if you stay in school and obtain a degree. These are external controls; outside consequences that other people and organizations will force on you if you do not do what they wish.
While attending college you will face many obstacles, stress, manage your time, and dealing with a new environment. Organize yourself to face them one by one. Prioritize your daily schedule with important timelines to balance your busy schedule. Focus on your health, welfare, and discipline of yourself and most important family comes first for you to be success in college, be creative, and increase your spirituality doing this timeframe while attending college. Develop and put a plan in place to focus on every aspect of your personal responsibility to attend and graduate from college. With the help of these internal and external controls, it is possible for you to have a successful and fulfilling sense of personal responsibility that will serve you well beyond college.
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