Even though some people never develop strong personal responsibility skills, it is a trait, which is taught by parents and by peers growing up. These skills can determine the outcome of the future and the degree of success. In order to be a successful student, personal responsibility is essential. It is accepting accountability for one's actions and is vital when pursuing an education. Personal responsibility and college success are dependent upon one another.
Personal responsibility skills are lacking these days with the high rise of crime, especially with teenagers. Often enough, I hear my children's friends blaming problems or trouble on other friends or on their parents. This is a direct connection of not taking person responsibility. An article clearly stated this as "Parental responsibility is being embraced as an important method for preventing future juvenile delinquency' (White, Augosustino & Taplin, 2007). I have always made a conscious effort to teach my children the difference between right and wrong.
This includes making good choices and when they have not, they need to face the consequences. Personal responsibility is showing respect to oneself and peers. This is an ongoing life lesson that will need to be continually developed when encountering different types of who will challenge it.
Correctly using these skills in college and life will lead to a successful outcome. Starting college and identifying the correct career path is the first start. Achieving the goals set will come if it is visualized first. According to Cheema and Bagchi (2011), "This research demonstrates that as people approach a goal, external representations, which increase the ease of visualizing the goal, enhance goal pursuit" (p. 109). Writing down short and long term goals will help to stay focused on these dreams. Even breaking these down into shorter goals, such as monthly,