Reentering the sphere of education1 Essay

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Reentering the sphere of education1

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,
Escape/Stimulation, and finally Cognitive Interest. Upon review of our answers, it was
startling to find that a sizable portion of the class wasnít 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 take.

The 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 oneís peers is a valuable tool in this
industry, and should not be overlooked. This category also has the potential to be an
unfocused studentís downfall.

External 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 this.

Social 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 not placing a higher number, I meant to show a
balance between helping society advance and my own personal ambitions.

Professional advancement was the category, which the majority of the class placed the most
importance upon. It seems fitting to me, for without the drive to advance within this
world we live, one surely would have taken an easier road to travel than a three-year
degree program.

The next category was that of escape/stimulation. I placed a two there to show that I
enrolled in school for reasons other than passing time, or from a lack of substance in my
life. Academic stimulation is the only positive way in which to look at that topic, and
is the reasoning behind my giving it any value at all.

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