Personal Goals

When I think of graduating from college, I see someone who is 22-years old. When I was 22 years old, I had seen more things than I care to remember. I had just left the Air Force where I was a medic in the first Gulf War. I spent most of my time in the Labor and Delivery unit of the base hospital. I loved assisting with the birth of a child. My time spent in the Labor and Delivery unit was the most wonderful and rewarding experience.

Before I left the Air Force, I started taking college courses working toward a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. My dream was to obtain a Master of Nursing degree in Midwifery. As a Certified Nurse Midwife I could care for pregnant women and help them bring their babies into this world.

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Complete My Degree
When I left the military and returned to Austin, I continued to pursue a Nursing degree, but got side-tracked in college life. That would be the party side of college life. I was not focused on my studies.

I began a rewarding career by chance. I sold long distance telephone service for MCI as a part-time job. Over a very short period of time I was being promoted again and again. Eventually, I gave up on college since it did not seem I needed a degree to get ahead. While I learned a great deal through on-the-job training, I never felt like I had a complete understanding of my field. I had stumbled into a career in Information Technology and despite my lack of formal training, I continued to prove myself and to grow my career.

I have since learned that I enjoy the Information Technology field very much and would like to complete my degree in Business/Information Systems rather than nursing.

Learn About Business and Information Technology
Despite my progression to a senior level in my field, there are still aspects of my field that I do not fully understand. I have excelled as a Business Systems Analyst for many years; however, I hope to learn more about business to help me better understand the needs of my business partners. I also hope to learn more about the many facets of Information Technology so I can begin to move toward strategic solutions development.

Feel Better About Myself
I have always felt terrible about leaving college. I believe it was the right thing to do at the time since I was not taking it seriously but I have always regretted quitting. I believe I would have a much higher level of self-esteem and confidence if I could complete a degree.

I competed with my younger brother for a time and even made a bet with him that I would finish college before he did. He is eight years younger than me and has been out of college for almost four years. He is now in his second year of seminary school. I am so proud of him but I also feel like I don’t measure up to my own expectations.

It was shocking to discover that I earn more money than the average person with a master’s degree. My husband reminds of this constantly and wonders why I believe I need a degree at all. He does not understand how much I admire him for going to college. It should be obvious that I do not want a degree so I can make more money; I just need to finish what I started to feel truly comfortable in my career.

Set a Better Example for my Children
I have three children. They are 11, six and one-year-old. My 11-year-old daughter started middle school this year. She does not like school very much and I have a hard time finding ways to make it feel interesting and important. My husband always puts me on a pedestal for creating a successful career without completing college but I do not want my children to think that college is not necessary since I never finished and have done so well.

Compete for Management Positions
I recent years, I have reached a peak with my career skills and am looking forward to a position with more responsibility and accountability. It has become clear to me that I need this degree to compete for a management position. In the future, I would like to become the CIO for an Information Technology organization. I do not believe I can achieve this goal without a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. This is the next step toward my ultimate career goal.

Personal Goals

As a student at the University of Phoenix three personal goals that I want to achieve are, first is to complete my bachelor of science in business management in 2 years. Next is to become a better writer. Throughout junior college, writing has always been my weakest point and with the amount of writing assignments required at University of Phoenix this needs to be one of my top goals. Finally is to complete every course with no less than a B letter grade. With making the decision to return to school and taking on the considerable financial burden, receiving an average grade would be unacceptable to my standards.

While being employed full-time, The University of Phoenix has the rare opportunity for working professionals to finish courses in just 5 weeks. Having such a compressed time schedule for completing degrees will make it possible to complete my bachelor of science in business management in 2 years as long as I do not deviate from the program. I have decided that my number one priority in life is to complete my degree. I do not have other major commitments outside of work that will distract me from my assignments so staying focused on school will be realistic. Though I cannot predict the future, I do not plan on taking any time off during the two years that would result in interrupting my class schedule. With the option of taking CLEP test this will allow me to “test out” of some of the lower-division courses such as communication arts and humanities. Although this will require additional studying outside of my upper-division courses the CLEP test can help eliminate additional courses needed to be taken, so I can stay on track of my 2 year goal.

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Writing papers has never been my strongest asset throughout school. I always found myself only writing what was required of me but never trying to improve my writing skills on my own time. In junior college the majority of my classes were math and science with a major in Administration of Justice. The only writing that I had to do was case briefs, which was based on legal research, which did not require any creativity, brainstorming and writing skills, just citing the facts and decisions in a proper format. To become a better writer it will take self-discipline and dedication. Because writing is my weakest point, submitting quality papers will require the most amount of my time by doing research and proofreading. I will need to use the resources available to me to proofread and receive constructive criticism on my papers. Such resources may include the Center for Writing Excellence made available to University of Phoenix students which has two ways of submitting papers for review. One is through WritePoint which is an automated service and could have a response within minutes. The other is through Tutor Review which is where someone reads the first 4 pages of a paper and responds within 48 to 72 hours. Other resources could be instructors who offer to proofread papers before the due date and even fellow team members.

While staying on schedule with my degree I want to complete each course with no less than a B letter grade. Completing the B.S. in business management at the University of Phoenix is a financial commitment, and to get the most out of it is setting a high standard of academic accomplishment. The most important way for me to achieve this is not to procrastinate. I will set time aside that is dedicated to studying and completing assignments. This will include but not be limited to a minimum of two hours a day, other than Thursday which is the night of class, and additional time on weekends when needed. I will review which assignments are due prior to the next class meeting and set deadlines for those assignments including learning team assignments. A good portion of the academic grade at the University of Phoenix is based upon learning team assignments, so I will do my part on not being a burden on my team members and help whoever is in need of it. I will complete the individual assignments by the deadline determined by my team members and at the quality expected as well. And make sure to communicate any issues that I may have with any team members within the group or completing my portion of the assignments on time.

To achieve the above goals they all share the same core of ideas, self-discipline and dedication. I have set my mind on going back to school and completing it all the way this time. I believe if I stick to my goals that being a student at University of Phoenix will be a pleasurable and successful experience, so much so that I will want to continue to get my MBA.


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