Post a total of 3 substantive responses over 2 separate days for full participation. This includes your initial response to the discussion prompt and 2 replies to other posts.
Reflect on the Success Prep Inventory you completed this week, located in the Week 1 Learning Activities folder. As you start your journey at University of Phoenix, you might find the experience of online learning is different than you expected. You might face challenges you didn’t expect or come across information you aren’t familiar with. It can be disorienting to take on such a new experience.
Take a moment to remember a time you overcame a challenge or obstacle and recall what strategies you used.
After graduating high school in the spring of 1998, I faced an unexpected dilemma, that most high school seniors couldn’t even fathom.
My dilemma was this:
Waste my time, my money, my braincells, and my sanity, by going to college, know darn well I have no clue what I wanted to do, spending four years getting a degree that nine times out of ten I wasn’t going to use for anything other than maybe a coaster.
Or 2. Find a job and take care of my daughter, that I found out I was having a couple weeks before graduation.
You Got It!!! The perfect excuse to hide the embarrassment of having no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So that’s what I did. Well of course, that eventually ran its course, and 15 years, 3 kids and several dead-end jobs later, I was granted an opportunity to recant my initial decision. However, the original issue still remained, I had no clue what my career path would be. But I knew at this point, I needed to take a leap of faith and hope for the best. So, I jumped. I went to the local community college and registered as a new student at the age of 33. Still clueless on a major, I just chose Business & Commerce as my major. The very first class on my schedule was Principles of Accounting I. I sat in that first class on a random Tuesday, and after that one hour of my 33 years of life, I finally figured it out. I wanted to be an accountant. Fast forward to this very moment, and I’m back in school because an Associate’s wasn’t enough, now I’m after my BA in accounting. We all face challenges, and sometimes trying to avoid the challenges only prolongs the inevitable. I find that approaching those challenges head on, is the shortest path to your destined results.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
While thinking about the topics covered in the Success Prep Inventory and past challenges, what approaches have you used in the past that might be useful to resolve problems during your educational journey?
What difficulties could you face as a new student that you are unsure of how to address, and what are you most nervous or uncertain about as a new student? (Consider funding your education, motivation, the online environment, etc.) For example, do you anticipate any technology difficulties?
How will you address these difficulties?
Which of the activities or resources this week were most helpful in strengthening your academic readiness?
Was there any information you didn’t get that you feel would be helpful to your success?