The Path to Success A Road of Academic Discovery
Sandrea Bryan Fulton
Foundations for Success Gen/200
February 24, 2010
Dr. Tom Schmidt
The Path to Success: A Road of Academic Discovery
According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2010) the word goal is defined as the end toward which effort is directed. I personally define it as having a certain plan and simply following it through to completion. Goals are necessary for many reasons. Not only are they necessary for a person academic growth and success, it is also needed for achievements outside of the classroom. We need them for work, family, and even recreational time. In my paper, I hope to show my intentions of succeeding in life with goals I have created for my family as well as for myself.
I want to explain the importance of having certain goals. I was born and raised in New York. I was the youngest of three children born to two parents who were the Caribbean (my father is Jamaican and my mother is Honduran). They both came to this country with goals to succeed in life that they reached, by working hard, saving, and providing a proper home environment for their family. So far, I have shared my parents goals and methods of achieving them by providing the same environment for my children and instilling the same goals in them. My major goal finally to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree with honesty, integrity, authenticity, and hard work. Iain Macfarlane (2008) advises that people should demonstrate integrity and authenticity internally and externally in everything they do. In his opinion, integrity and authenticity require self-reflection, the ability to understand oneself honestly, the ability to assess one's strengths and weaknesses accurately, and the ability to accept who you are. I have been waiting for many years to return to school because my priority was to help my three children receive the best education possible and to reach their goal to obtain their...