Need help with my writing homework on Learning Log Section. Write a 2000 word paper answering; I have a great desire to get an education but have always wondered if I could still be myself and be successful at school. I realize now that it is OK for me to identify myself with all the parts of my culture I currently possess and that I can add to these by being successful at university.
This knowledge is empowering to me because I have never identified strongly with academia as I envisioned it. This has at the time made me wonder if the university was really right for me. I now realize that succeeding at university adds another layer to who I am. It does not destroy the experiences I have had so far. It doesn’t have to change who I am unless I want to. I understand that at the university there are many cultures coming together. I have the power and opportunity to help shape the university culture in a small way by bringing by personal strengths and abilities to add to all of the other students.
This past week has broadened my understanding of the culture at university and how I fit into it. This week I discovered that there are many different ways to look at what it means to be a literate person. I always thought that I had to have read lots of books on all kinds of different subjects and that’s what literate meant. I have discovered this week after reading some of the assignments and interacting with my classmates and communicating with some professors, that I am a literate person even though I haven’t read the classics.
I can see that I am entering a very specialized, professional type of education. And what I realized is that I am going to be very literate within that field. I want to have a broad understanding of how the world works and how to analyze the things that are happening in the broader world, but I don’t need to feel guilty if my focus is on my studies in my specific field at this point.
This new understanding is helpful to me in the sense that I don’t need to worry about the things I don’t know yet.