College is a memorable experience; it not only allows one to discover the perks of pertaining higher education but it also allows one to reflect on their own educational development to establish a set of goals that will help an individual to establish a stable career in the field of their own personal choice. However it has to be understood that this choice or selection is not an easy one. There are various different options available for the students nowadays to choose from, the boundary of the career has been expanded into a whole new dimension of occupational world. With these many choices to pertain it also needs to be understood that the students will be inevitably perplexed (de Maupassant, 1884). This is where the experience at college comes to aid as an ultimate saviour. College allows different individuals to screen from the different options in the occupational world and also allows the students to explore different options that the students might be enticed by. This assignment will focus on the different manners and ways the college education and the learning experience can help the students shape their future and establish personal missions leading to a successful future.
It has to be understood that the very first complication that arises in setting the focus on a single career goal is the error in perception or contemplation. This error can easily lure the students towards the path that leads to lapse of judgments in selection of a suitable profession and lifestyle in general that can be an instrumental mistake in the life of an individual. More over in the occupational genre as well, it is very important for the individual to recognize the truth from the lie. This attribute of recognition is a very important pursuit in life and can be the maker or breaker of the future for the students. Hence it is very important for every individual to master the art of recognizing the true face of every situation (Asimov, 2002).
The dominican passion for truth exercised in college classroom can be the first step for establishing the attribute of recognition or perception in the character of a student. This particular technique exercised in the classroom allows the students to develop a perception and confidence in the students to recognize the truth of every situation allowing them to recognize the truth from any distortions that can cloud the better judgment of the students in any given situation.
Another important benefit that college education bestows on us is the different learning theories utilized in the educational sphere. It has to be understood that these theories do not just have resemblance to the classroom environment helping the students learn and perceive what they are being taught by the teachers (Asimov, 2002). But these theories also have immense benefit in the sector where the individual learn correlate his life, his perception and his aspiration with the help of these theories. Adult learning theory is one of these fundamental milestones that helps the students develop a perception that will not only help students perceive what they are being taught in the classroom but will also allow them to interpret life in different dimensions. From my own experience can state that adult learning theory has helped me explore my options in life in a kaleidoscope of different choices, both in professional and personal sectors and has helped me learn my own strengths and weaknesses in detail so that I can set my future goals with these factor in retrospect (Marquez, 1955).
Another pivotal factor that I have recognized in the college education that I have had the opportunity to gain, is that intelligence is a very important asset to pursue our dreams and aspirations in life and the personal mission that we establish in life. However, it also needs to be understood that intelligence can be a confusing term and can be misinterpret by a lot of other associated attributes (Sienaheights.instructure.com., 2017). For example one can easily confuse intellect with cunningness, when both in reality are poles apart. In this particular context I must draw reference from an article that I read in the classroom by renowned author Isaac Asimov. In his article named what is intelligence anyway he has explained in detail how intelligence has become a quantitative measure nowadays measured by the scores put throughout our educational life, when intelligence is essentially a qualitative measure that depends heavily on the perception of different individuals. The author in this particular article has explained exceptionally well the importance of intelligence being an exploration rather than an educational measure. It has to be understood that in the context of the educational system, the value of intellect is getting lost eventually (O’Brien, 1990). The rat race of good grades have forced the students to focus on memorizing rather than exploring and perceiving what they are being taught which eventually makes them heavily dependent on not using their own common sense for mundane matters like the one discussed in the article under consideration here.
Another beautiful article that stole my attention in the coursework is about creativity and how it is lost in this present generation. In this article the author Ken Robinson has explained in detail how schools, educational pressure and the recursive loop of attaining good grades has completely destroyed the creativity that the young minds are known to possess (Sienaheights.instructure.com., 2017). It has to be understood that the purpose behind education is not to curb the creativity and imaginative power within the students to prepare them for the harsh realities of life. Rather the job of the educational leaders is to encourage the creativity in the students so that they can explore their own talents instead of being closed off by the concrete wall of career related stress.
This brings us to the most important and last part of our discussion, the importance of open minded education. At the end of day I have come to this realization that education and how it metamorphoses us completely up to our own perceptions. In another article that I read in my coursework speaks about education and the correct perception of its ways being as important as water in our lives and I could not agree more with this same notion (Robinson, 2006). In the course of what all I have studied in the past year has shaped me as a thinker.
I have undoubtedly gathered a lot of knowledge not just about my coursework but also about myself and how I want my future to look like. The articles and coursework that I have studied in the coursework have undoubtedly been for literal purpose but all those articles and the study methods have been and personal eye opener as well (Wallace, 2009). I have understood the importance of creativity and intellect in the4 context of education explicitly and it has led me to discover the actual purpose of education. Education is meant to shape us to become a better person in all aspects, not just opening doors for our professional future, but also enriching our mind and soul with experiences and knowledge that will help us attain success in all aspects of life (Sienaheights.instructure.com., 2017).
Hence on a concluding note, I can state that the educational experience that I have had the opportunity to attain has led to establish a few personal goals or missions. I have generated an aspiration to not let the stress of career and education curb my creativity and intellect as these two attributes make me unique and I have also aimed to attain education in a more open minded manner that will not just give me good grades but will enrich me with knowledge and perception that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
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