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Upon reentering the sphere of education I have been made aware that there are a vast number of reasons for which people make the choice to continue their schooling On my second day of English 110 our professor handed the class a worksheet This sheet required us to place a 0-5 number value next to six different motivating factors which may have in some way compelled us to continue our education The categories were Social Relationships External Expectations Social Welfare Professional Advancement EscapeStimulation and finally Cognitive Interest Upon review of our answers it was startling to find that a sizable portion of the class wasnt sure why they were there at all I am only certain of my own personally motivating factors so a reflection upon them is the direction this essay shall takeThe first category for us to place a value upon was social relationships At first I had placed a zero in the answer area then upon further consideration it was later changed to a three I was not drawn to school for the purpose of making new acquantices however I am finding more and more that networking among ones peers is a valuable tool in this industry and should not be overlooked This category also has the potential to be an unfocused students downfallExternal expectations meaning the influence from a person or persons other than ones self was the next category I had also placed a zero here initially Upon further personal investigation I found that making my family proud is one of my largest motivating factors Being the last of my family line I feel a great amount of pressure to succeed from the remainder of my family Later my zero was changed to a four to reflect thisSocial welfare came next which was described as placing importance on an altruistic orientation Placing a three here denotes my personal aspirations to become a highly productive member of the human race By
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