When attending school or college it is okay to be different from the social norm and set standards for yourself… And, most importantly stick with it!!! We might lose motivation by the end of the semester causing us to lower our standards, but we have to remain focused on the task at hand. That is to finish college and lead successful, productive lives in the workforce to put food on our tables.
So I have set the following standards for myself to ensure I am a productive and honest student and to avoid all possibilities of failing.
In accomplishing tasks such as writing, I always let Christian ideals lead me to do the right thing. The first motive that drives me to do the right thing is responsibility. I signed up to attend college; therefore, it is my responsibility to pay attention to detail in order to ensure accurate and effective production of work. Galatians 6:5 can confirm the adamancy of being responsible in writing. The verse reads, “…for each one should carry their own load” (New International Version). In this verse Paul is telling the people of Galatia that they have to be responsible for their workload. In relation to the Criminal Justice field, it is pertinent to be responsible in every aspect of the job; especially paying attention to detail when working a case and writing it up this will ensure the right suspect will be found and arrested. When conveying probable cause in a report, Michael Biggs states that a person “must be able to write about it so that whoever reads the report will be able to understand your reasoning” (2012, p. 107).
My second motive keeps me on the right path and weighs heavily on my mind when I do not abide by it. There are a few Bible verses that come to mind, especially when citing work other’s work. As much as it seems tempting to use other people‘s work to make ourselves seem smarter, it is important to give credit where credit is due! The Ten Commandments command us to “not steal” (Exodus 20:15). That is the number one rule for me in succeeding in college and any other situation that involves writing.
Thirdly, it is important to understand all information for my field of study. This is the difference between a mediocre worker and a subject matter expert that is highly skilled. This situation can be paralleled to Proverbs 3:5 directs us to “lean not on our own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight” (New International Version). If we do not think that we have to study and do all the things required to be successful in the field then we can expect ourselves to be jobless. I know I do not know anything about criminal justice; therefore I have to be taught. To be taught I have to be willing to sacrifice my ego, acknowledge the Professor knows best, and willing to absorb the knowledge concerning this area of study. Just like the Lord will make our paths straight, our major will become clearer and we will understand the importance of gaining knowledge, instead of doing bare minimum.
I will leave you with a bit of truth that my mother always told me “Do your best at all times not just when people are looking.”
What other standards should we have while attending college/school? Please share your standards for schoolwork!
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Biggs, M. (2014). Just the Facts. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.