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Based on the facts listed discussed in the Education Pays 2013, The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society article, how might completing a bachelor’s degree improve your: Long-term financial outlook?
As a bachelor degree holder working full time for 40 years I will earn an average of 65% more than high school gradulates.
As a bachelor degree holder I will enjoy making more money and feel that will be an assentive to working harder. I was a very hard worker at my last job making less money so with making more I will feel I’m getting the pay I’m am worth wit the attached education.
As a bachelor degree holder I will have a better chance of being covered by a employer-provided health insurance and when people are more satisfied at their job; they are healthier.
As a bachelor degree holder I am more likely to be increase my civic involvement by educating myself on issues that will effect my new tax bracket or career.
Importance of a Support Network for Adult Learners:
(This assignment was adapted from an exercise in True North, Discover Your Authentic Leadership.)
Definition of the Adult Learner
“Any student, regardless of age, who has adult responsibilities beyond college classes, and for whom those adult responsibilities take priority in times of crisis” (NACADA Advising Adult Learners Commission).
There is a lot of information in the literature about the student support strategies that are beneficial for the 18-21 year old college student. Most of these strategies are geared towards the brick and mortar, traditional university environment.
Who is the most important person in your personal support network? Why is this person the most important and in what ways do they provide you support? The most important person in my personal support network is my husband; he will assist with raising our children, being a bread winner, and overall any extra support I need for school. My husband went to X’pression school of visual arts for three years and I supported him through and I know he will give me the same support.
What role has your family played in your personal development and in your development as a leader? The role my family has played in my personal development and development into a leader is that they give me support. Support is the most important thing I can ask from my family; it means they will understand when I need to do school work and understand that I will make special time for them also.
Describe the most powerful learning experience that you have ever experienced. Who was the teacher/coach/mentor and what traits did they possess? How did this experience influence your personal development? The most powerful learning experience I had was in second grade when I was acting out in school over not having a family structure. My teacher kept talking to me about making better decisions and finally she submitted my name for the VIP of the month and I was able to eat lunch at a special table with her and the principal. I don’t remember her name but from that moment on I knew I mattered enough for someone to notice; so I should make good decisions and from them on I was a model student.
Which of your friends could you count on if things did not go well for you? Describe a relationship that has been mutually beneficial to you over an extended period of time. I am not the kind of women who hangs out with other women or has a best friend; my best friend is my husband. I do have one friend who would help me if needed but I feel any mutual benefit for either of us.
Describe a relationship that did not work out for you, for which you feel some degree of responsibility. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do it over again? A relationship that didn’t work out for me was my last best friend; I was unable to do the “girly things” like shopping, talking on the phone, commuting 45 minutes to her house regularly. If I could go back I would try to put forth more effort to keep her as a friend. I feel that I am mostly to blame for the friendship splitting as well as her going to school with a new set of friends; sometimes it’s just going the way it should.
Developing an Academic Support Group
Do you have an ‘Academic Support Group’ in place? If yes, how will you formalize these relationships so that you can accomplish your academic goals? If no, what steps will you take to get an Academic Support Group in place? My academic support group will be my husband and two children; I will also utilize the other student in my course if necessary. I have spoken to my husband and my children about needing time to do my schoolwork and helping more with chores to alleviate some of the stress off of me during school. My family has been through this school time when my husband was getting his bachelor’s degree.
George, B. & Sims, P. (2007). True North, Discover Your Authentic Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. NACADA’s Advising Adult Learner Commission Website: