Wednesday, August 26, 2015


When Success Wears a Disguise

Longtime readers may be disappointed in me for this, but at one time, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer.  Then, the summer before my senior year of college, I spent a summer internship in city government.  I was surrounded by lawyers, and I had a moment of clarity: I didn’t like them at all, and their work seemed dreary.  That internship steered me away from what I thought was my career choice, and saved me a great deal of time and money.

Instead, I went to grad school.  Insert joke here.

At one level, the internship could be read as a colossal failure; it steered me away from the path that it was supposed to reinforce.  But in a personal sense, it was a raging success.  It gave me valuable information at a key moment.  The fact that the information was “negative” was beside the point.  Making a choice involves rejecting other options; when I rejected law, I gained a much clearer sense of what to do next.

That kind of success is hard to capture institutionally, so we mostly don’t.  But we should.  We’d get a much more accurate picture of the value of what we do, and in the process, we’d get a fuller picture of how students actually use college.

When we talk about “student success,” for example, it’s often boiled down to graduation rates.  By now, most of us can recite the reasons that the IPEDS rate is a silly and inaccurate measure for community colleges, and they’re all true.  For example, many students who intend to transfer for a bachelor’s degree don’t intend to complete an associate’s along the way.  Their plan is to do a year at the community college and then transfer.  When the financial aid form asks whether they’re “degree-seeking,” they’re telling the truth when they answer “yes.”  They just aren’t seeking it where they’re first enrolling.  But the forms don’t capture that nuance, so what the student perceives as successfully working a plan shows up in the numbers as institutional failure.

But in some cases, even a more straightforward case of walking away is really a kind of success.  

That’s true, for instance, in many “stackable” allied health programs.  A student who gets a CNA certification and then stops out for a semester or two before returning may be doing something that makes perfect sense for her life, even if it doesn’t do wonders for our “degrees produced.”  And a student who has the shock of recognition that a given program is just the wrong fit for him may have needed to learn that before he could learn the next thing.  

That’s why I’m a fan of statistics like “percentage of bachelor’s degree grads with significant community college credits.”  A number like that pays attention to the long-term result, rather than to short-term twists in the path.  Given the complexities of students’ lives, especially in this sector, insisting on counting only the most linear and traditional paths as successful simply gets it wrong.  

Within colleges, students who change majors are sometimes held against the programs that “lost” them.  I consider that a severe mistake.  I think everyone can do something, but they’re aren’t all the same thing.  (As a baseball player, I’m a hell of a writer.)  Sometimes they don’t know what their niche is until they’ve tried a few.  In my more humanistic moments, I like to think that that’s what education is.  

None of this is to reject the need to get unnecessary barriers out of the way, to provide clear “default” pathways, or to hold colleges accountable for performance.  It’s just to say that success comes in many forms, and if we’re serious about it, we should recognize all of them.  Every day that I’m not a lawyer is evidence of that.

I'd argue that it's a little bit murkier: it may be like this in all disciplines, but at least in the sciences, the average introductory course is not really reflective at all of the kind of work that being a scientist in that field entails (not to say that there aren't many people, teams, and organizations trying to improve this, nor am I arguing that it is this way at every institution, but certain the majority). That means it takes a number of courses before students can really understand what real science is like, and by extension, before they can figure out if it is right for them or not. The unfortunate result is that intro science courses sometimes turn off students to science who would actually be great at doing real science; conversely, students can get far into a major before figuring out that the true nature of the field they are studying isn't a good fit.
Excellent point up above by CCBioProf&HSBioTeacher, but it doesn't stop with intro classes. There is a reason that PA and MD programs want to see evidence of volunteer activity at hospitals and nursing homes or experience as an EMT. Many kids have no idea that doctors deal with really sick and dying people because their experience has always been as a generally healthy patient. That goes double when treating children is the student's goal. Undergrad courses have nothing to do with that world.

My immediate reaction to Dean Reed's experience was to remember a particularly positive result of an REU (research experience for undergraduates) program. The student realized that experimental research was nothing like either lecture or lab classes, so grad school was no longer going to be on the table. Better to learn that before becoming a senior than after a year or two of grad school, although the NSF probably scored it as a fail.

Early internships reinforce the value and relevance of what goes on in the classroom, but also show that there are aspects of any career that are far from that of the college classroom. Engineering, with its senior design projects, does that better than anyone in the classroom, but not to the neglect of internships.
It gets so weird when you are trying hard to get success and finally your efforts go in vain when you are rejected. This same situation happens with students when they start writing their assignments and put hard effort to get good grades but teacher put their efforts in vain. That's why they get essay help from different companies to complete their assignments.
When you prepare a final draft, you must be sure to follow all of the instructions you have been given. More help with essays here best custom essay writing service.
Its a great feelings when you are awarded with the award of success. I buy affordable dissertation and got winning price on my research and dissertation.
Thanks for this post. One of my fellow is now confronting with a dissertation assignment, but he don't have enough knowledge about the major before figuring out that the true nature of the field. I gave him an advice to contact and get dissertation help that could be good for him.
Are you movies lover then this is the perfect blog for movies
cinemabox for pc
Wow it is really amazing,this is best application i had ever seen,apps stuff is mindblowing.
blackmart alpha
Have problem in writing your assignment? Availing our assignment help online could be an ideal option for you.
Assignment Helper

This application provides you all the best features for messaging which you are looking for.
download allo apk
This is my leading statement here so I just hunted to give a speedy shout out and say I really appreciate construing your articles. UK Coursework Writing 

I really had a great time with your post!
I am looking forward to read more blog post regarding this! Well written!

ts epass
ts epass status
Get dissertation is really helpful for students in available prices here is my link. Buy Dissertation

Aptoide is an alternative of Play store and is a huge market place which comes with tons of amazing applications and games
aptoide for android

Saree is a indian traditional dress if u are looking to buy sarees online buy from voonik
Things are changed when students hire cheap dissertation writing service and their disappointment becomes success.
This seems a difficult thesis that may require deep knowledge and good understanding of topic Web hosting in Lahore
I visited this webpage for 1st time but i found that what i need.I'll visit soon.web application development company
I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best posting. Assignment help | Need Assignment help | Marketing Assignment Help | Law Assignment help |
I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best posting. Assignment help | Need Assignment help | Marketing Assignment Help | Law Assignment help |

What's Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I am hoping to contribute & aid different users like its helped me. Great job.
Royal Rumble 2017
IPL Auction 2017
Royal Rumble 2017 results
Royal Rumble 2017 live stream
IPL auction 2017 live
IPL auction live
ipl auction players list 2017

nice article I am there and mainly many of us filmywap 2017 are downloading the app because in this
IPL 2017 Useful and well written post. Thanks for the share. Continue your good work

Great post. Nice and effective blog, really helpful I would like to share something really helpful for education. Assignment Help Malaysia
Very Informative post you gave to us, really helpful I would like to share something really helpful for education Write My Assignment Malaysia
If you are looking for online Indian clothing of exceptional quality, it is that can provide you with an array of designs and style in the area of beautiful Indian fashion wear for women that is crafted to perfection in rich colors, ornate designs and intricate weaving patterns.
Happy New Year 2018 Status

Very Informative post you gave to us, really helpful I would like to share something really helpful for education. Best Assignment Helper
Such a nice blog and i appreciate your all efforts about your thoughts. it's really good work. well done.I would like to share something really helpful for education. Dissertation Writing
Good information. Thanks for sharing . If you interested in Digital marketing then
digital marketing services
is perfect option for you.

Thanx for the wonderful post. Assignment help i appreciate your all afforts.
Leading web hosting company in UAE offer free domain in shared packages. Cheap unlimited dedicated windows cloud and Linux server provider companies in AE. Managed Cpanel reliable prices plans top 10 sites features.
Web Hosting Dubai
The most unique way to celebrate Friendship Day would be hold a gathering for your favorate images,quotes,
hd wallpapers,messages,pics,photos and many more... Be that as it may, this thought needs a touch of arranging and exertion as you have to choose where to post(facebook,whatssapp,twitter,instagrame etc..) Once that is done, ring your pals and simply have your indulgence !

happy friendship day images

happy friendship day 2017

friendship day quotes

happy friendship day quotes

friendship images with quotes

friendship day messages

friendship day wishes

happy friendship day message

friendship day status

24 Info All


Citation Perdu

Students Assignment Help caters the delivery of assignment with the best assignment writers. With us, Assignment Help Ireland service are available for all the academic level students.
কুড়িগ্রাম ব্লগ, কুড়িগ্রাম : ফেসবুক , গল্প, ফেইসবুক , কবিতা, বাংলা, মাহিয়া মাহি, নারী, বোন, এসএমএস, ভালবাসা, কম্পিউটার টিপস, কৌতুক, ঈদ মোবারক, গজল, ইসলামিক, গান, পিকচার, ছবি, ভিডিও, পত্রিকা ইত্যাদি
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?