I had been wanting to get my college degree for some time now, but there always seemed to be something more important or demanding of my time and energy. 22 months ago, I finally embarked on the path to a lifelong dream: A college degree. Now, at 48 years of age, I completed my Associate program and plunged right into my bachelor program. My goal is a bachelor's degree by the time I reach my 50th birthday. So far, I’m on track.
More on this Learning Team Evaluation Form. There are two questions at the end of the part where we are to rate our classmates based on criteria which is really irrelevant to the recently-completed project. These are, I believe, intended to encourage the student to identify concepts learned and how the concepts might apply in the future. My response to the first question seems to be kind of a knee-jerk one... I don't know...1. What are the most important concepts you have learned from the Learning Team experience?Throughout my Bachelor Degree program thus far, and having been required to complete these Learning Team Evaluation forms for most of my team efforts, the concept I have discovered to be the most important learned from the Learning Team experience is that I seriously dislike learning teams! While I understand the purpose of the learning team environment being to prepare students for real-world experiences in business where much is done as teams versus as individuals, the learning team environment in an intense 5-week course cannot possibly compare to the real world. In the real world, if someone on my team were not pulling his or her weight, that person would be fired. Sadly, I have not had the pleasure of performing that action in any of my learning teams. I think I did better on the second question though...2. How will you use this learning to improve both personally and professionally?Although my response to #1 above contradicts my next statement somewhat, I have to admit that throughout the course of my Bachelor Degree program, I have (for lack of a better way to say it) honed my approach to the learning team and attempt to quickly establish myself as leader or, at least as project anchor, to hopefully prevent any inferior work done by a teammate being submitted as final. I have found that for the most part, team members are grateful for the help in improving their own writing skills and, even though some have viewed my attempts to be helpful as attempts to be pushy or overbearing, the latter are usually the ones whose academic skills earn them a rating from me of less than “2” in the evaluation form.
Can I be done? Please?
I had been wanting to get my college degree for some time now, but there always seemed to be something more important or demanding of my time and energy. Whether it was the chaos of all the children living with us at the same time, or the demand of extracurricular school activities for them, or the stress of making ends meet in an economy slump, the dream of higher education always seemed to remain on the back burner.
Now, at 49 years of age, I am three-quarters of the way toward my goal having earned my associate degree in July of 2008. I am pushing on for my bachelor degree because I am determined to reach my goal: A bachelor degree by the time I reach my 50th birthday. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I am a little behind schedule so I must aggressively push forward these next 6 months and double up when I can in order to graduate with the class of 2010.