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College is an opportunity not an obligation This is how I will view my college education Connections taught me that college is not just about getting a job and gaining job skills in order to have a successful life There is so much more to it than that and Im now prepared to start my time here at my university with a new perspective on college As Matthew L Sanders stated in his book Becoming a Learner The primary purpose of college isnt learning a specific set of professional skills the primary purpose of college is to become a learner 2 College gives students the chance to develop their character They can develop study habits and lifelong skills such as dedication commitment and time management which employers will look for when hiring College is designed to create well-rounded individuals who will thrive in any work environment and as a member of society and I need to take full advantage of that opportunity I am enrolled in higher education for many reasons The first of which I want to become educated I want to become that intentional learner who puts in the effort necessary to gain knowledge An intentional learner challenges themselves looks for opportunities and is motivated I want learning to become a passion for me and I know that college will become the doorway to that passion For me school has always been about getting high grades However Sanders criticizes Learners understand that they need to be courageous Trying to find out who the easiest teachers are and which classes require the least amount of work hinders good learning and gives you fewer opportunities to become a learner 42 I want to change my priorities from looking for a break to seeking out a challenge I know that college provides me with every resource I need to become a learner and get a good education but its up to me to take advantage of
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