Module 7: Chapter 1100% Student SuccessMay 16, 2012The Big Picture:Many factors contribute to success in college. The purpose of Chapter 1 is to lay afoundation for you to build strong skills that will serve you throughout your academiccareer.Strategies for College Success: An Overview:For some individuals, beginning a college course can be a daunting ordeal; for others, itis a challenging and exciting adventure. Regardless of one’s feelings related to startingschool, all individuals typically have a strong desire for success. Arriving at success canbe more challenging for some than for others. Most (if not all) individuals encounterroadblocks in their lives that can divert them from their goals. This textbook offers youinformation to help you take the responsibility to make your college experience anenjoyable journey, as well as to maximize your opportunities for successful programcompletion.Chapter 1 provides a general overview of elements that are important to college success.It is intended to supply a big picture of the many considerations important to you as acollege student.The Importance of Education:Technology continues to advance, forcing society to develop methods that facilitateadaptation to change. One of the biggest changes that has affected society over the lastfew years is the increasing use of technology in the form of high-speed computers, Web2.0 tools, and mobile computing devices. These developments, which have resulted inmodifications in the way business is accomplished and communication occurs, haverequired industries to rapidly adapt and to be ready for ongoing change.A degree in higher education offers many benefits. Not only does higher education enablepeople to gain skills and grow intellectually, it also challenges individuals to broadentheir understanding of the world around them. Employers continue to seek individualswho embrace changing technologies and demonstrate an appreciation of ethnic andcultural diversity, competency in effective communication, and the ability to set goals andachieve them. Completing a college education is a unique opportunity to learn thetechnical skills and develop the characteristics needed to acquire a job and continue yourpersonal growth in the 21st century work environment.Taking Responsibility For Your Education:
Embracing your academic experience requires taking responsibility for what you learn.Taking responsibility begins with self-reflection and assessment of your goals, attitudes,and motivation.Self-Reflection:Self-reflection is the process of making an assessment of your thoughts, actions,consequences of your behavior, and, based on your assessment, determining how you canmodify your thoughts and actions to optimize your professional and personal growth.