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Title: How do current college enrollment patterns differ from those of 50 years ago Does this impact you as a student in any way Why are some current researchers criticizing college education Do you agree with them and why why not In what way does diversity affect college students learning Does it affect your own learning in any way If someone younger than you were to ask your advice on attending college what would you say to them based on your experience

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Essay Instructions: Topic: Reflecting on your own college experience (both past and current), and drawing from the material in the chapter on emerging adulthood, answer the following questions:
How do current college enrollment patterns differ from those of 50 years ago? Does this impact you as a student in any way?
Why are some current researchers criticizing college education? Do you agree with them, and why/why not?
In what way does diversity affect college students' learning? Does it affect your own learning in any way?
If someone younger than you were to ask your advice on attending college, what would you say to them, based on your experience and what you've learned from the text?

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Title: Education and Identity

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Essay Instructions: This paper is about student development. Based on the autobiographical paper (below), explain the student developmental growth using Chickering's Theory to relate to the situations. Based on the situations, discuss them applying Chickering's theory. There are only three sources that MUST BE USED for reference. These sources include one (1) book and two (2) journals. These are:

1. Chickering, A. W.. Education and Identity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1969, pp. 8-19,144-157,280-290.

2. Straub, C. and Roberts, R. F.. "An Exploration of Chickering's Theory and Women's Development." Journal of College Student Personnel, 1986, 27, pp. 216-224.

3. Reisser, L.. "Revisting the Seven Vectors." Journal of College Student Personnel, 1995, 36, pp. 505-512.


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The autobiographical paper is below:

It is difficult to pinpoint specific events that trigger or alter a way one views their own life. With the hundreds of events that occur during everyday life, it can seem overwhelming to pick and choose. However, within this autobiography, I plan to evaluate several events in my life that I think have added meaning and purpose to the shaping of who I am and where I am going. Though it was difficult, I have been able to narrow my important experiences within recent years to the following: realizing the importance of school and my studies; choosing my major and career path; and proposing to my fiancée. I will try to explain these meaningful events with Chickering’s theory.

My high school experience took place at Robert E. Fitch Senior High in Groton, Connecticut. Much like every other teenager, I had experiences during my high school career that were filled with highs and lows, and the arrogance that can come with being a teenager made high school seem like a breeze. I was very much involved with student organizations, clubs, and sports which took up most of my afterschool activities, but my social life was equally dynamic and fulfilling. I played a sport every part of the year and I was nominated twice to be the class vice president. Being accepted into the National Honor Society combined with being recognized all four years as a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, gave me a sense of academic self confidence which I now know I took for granted. I received very good grades throughout high school and I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class. The circle of friends with whom I spent most of my time also did very well academically, with all of them also graduating in the top 10 percent of the class. Our ambitions to pursue a college education were not necessarily a question of whether we would go but rather of where.

There was always the expectation growing up that going on to college was the norm. I had a very supportive family that always helped and looked after my education goals and physical and emotional well-being. Of my nuclear family, only my older sister had actually gone to a college. My father served in the United States Navy in the nuclear program and my mother was a homemaker. After my father retired from the navy to start a family, he went to night classes for his bachelor’s and it took him almost 15 years to earn his degrees. Raising three children, working full time as a Senior Instructor for Nuclear Operations at Millstone Power Plant, and balancing the rest of his life, he graduated with two degrees in engineering, one in mechanical and the other in electrical engineering. My older sister, Hilary, went to the University of Connecticut where she majored in industrial and organizational psychology.

During my senior year in high school, I was actively looking at colleges. Receiving letter after letter from different colleges who wanted me to apply was flattering at first, but it soon started to get a little bothersome. I had already narrowed my search, though, and I planned to apply to only a few schools. My first choice was UConn and the other three were Suffolk, Stonehill, and St. Anselm. I was accepted to all four and received several academic and sports related scholarships to each. After seeing how my sister liked UConn so much, and because the idea that having family close was important to me, I decided to accept UConn’s letter of acceptance and attend beginning in the fall of 2002. Most of my friends were also planning to attend UConn. Although I knew that I wanted to go to college and advance my learning to the next level, in retrospect, I was not fully aware of what I was getting into. The sense of reality and responsibility involved in going to college was not at all a factor in my decision.

My freshman year was pretty typical. This is the first time in my life that I was away from home for a sustained amount of time with little or no supervision. I could do what I wanted and when I wanted to do it and no one was there to tell me I could not. Besides class, what else was there to do…PARTY! Like many freshmen, I got caught up in the party scene as well as extracurricular activities such as sports. If there was a party, then I was there. Intramurals? Sign me up! Looking back, I do not know how I functioned my first year, let alone sustain a decent grade point average. I was aware that conventional wisdom equates an A in high school to a B in college, but with my lack of attention to studying I should not have managed to get a B- average. For the entire first year of my college experience I stayed up until 3am and got up for my 8am class Monday through Friday. Needless to say, I was on the path to burning myself out.

As my undergraduate career continued into my sophomore year, I found myself often getting sick. Every other week I had a cold, the flu, or something that interfered with my ability to attend classes. My roommate did his best to get assignments for me when I missed classes, but the amount of class time I was missing was starting to build up exponentially. I did not really seem to realize the extent to which missing my classes was impacting my schooling. The fact that I could have failed one or more of my courses did not ever enter my mind until I received emails from my professors expressing their concerns about my absence and slipping grades. I spoke with each of my instructors to see if there was something I could do to make up the work I had missed. All but one of my professors were willing to negotiate, but in the end I had to drop three of the four classes I was taking because if I were to continue in them, I would have failed each of them. I ended the semester with a C- average, and my overall GPA dropped significantly from a 3.0 to 2.2.

Getting through that semester was tough but I figured that the start of the next semester would be a fresh beginning. In spite of my opticism, the sophomore slump continued. I remained unable to shake my illnesses, and my grades were again suffering. At one point early in the semester, I contracted strep throat and could not leave my bed for two weeks. I was so sick that I was unable to eat and barely able to drink which led to a substantial weight loss of almost 20 pounds. When I recovered from this illness, I again made efforts to talk with my instructors about my situation and see if there was something that could be arranged to make up for the absences. Unfortunately, no agreements could be reached and once again I had to drop 3 of the four classes that I was enrolled in for that semester. Ironically, the two classes that I was able to remain in for this school year were my physics classes. In high school I had always had difficulty with the subject, but I had no problem with the subject in my sophomore year. In fact I excelled at it. Perhaps as a result of experiencing this small triumph, I had a moment of realization that left an impact on me even to this day. No matter what the excuse, it was up to me and only me to strive for an education and if I truly wanted one then hard work and persistence would need to follow.

During the second semester of my sophomore year, I also managed to make yet another discovery that would leave a lasting impression on me. This would be my future fiancée, Kim. She is the best thing that has ever entered my life and is the second moment in my life that has altered the way I see myself and life. We first met when we were little—though we did not realize it—playing against each other as kids on our hockey teams. I played on my travel team and she played on an all-girl team. Years later, during our sophomore year at UConn, our paths once again crossed. We skated on the same intramural hockey team, but it was not until the spring semester that I had the courage to ask her out on a date. I sent her an IM on my computer and, much to my relief, she answered that IM. Looking back I recall how nervous I was about asking Kim for a date. I was literally sweating and my stomach was in knots.

At first Kim did not know who I was, and I had to explain that I was the new guy on her intramural hockey team. We then started a conversation in her dorm room that would last for at least 3 hours. We said goodnight and picked up the conversation the next morning through IM as if we had never stopped talking. It was Super Bowl Sunday, and we were more interested in talking with each other than getting pumped up for the game. We talked all the way until kickoff and continued after the game ended. She asked if I wanted to get together again and I agreed. The more we saw each other, the more we realized how much we loved and needed each other. There is not a day that goes by that I do not thank my roommate for literally making me talk with Kim. It has been a blessing to find her and her impact in my life has continued to this day.

Kim has also helped me realize even more how important it is to have a good college education. She was a coach, and a mentor and the one who pushed me hard to get back on track with college. After the summer, I was finally back on my feet with a drive to excel once again in my studies. During my four years at UConn, I had changed my major four times. I started out as a freshman with an undeclared major, changing to mathematics spring semester. After struggling with some of the upper level courses, I yet again decided to change my major from mathematics to physics the following fall. Excelling through the courses I quickly became overwhelmed, and soon after I began to experience a burnout. Feeling as if I had failed to succeed with math and science, I turned my attention to the other end of the spectrum of sciences. I changed my major to communicational sciences, concentrating in interpersonal communications, my junior year. It was as if a breath of fresh air had filled my lungs. The courses were enjoyable but I could not see myself pursuing a career in the field for any great length of time. Since it was my junior year and I had not yet figured out my career path, I needed to sit down and take a look at what I was good at, what I liked doing, and what I could see myself doing in the future. With Kim’s help I saw that I had a knack for helping people. I was able not just to be supportive of others, but I could really connect with people and help them. I also had a great knowledge of course planning for almost every major at UConn, because I liked to read through the course booklet and see what kinds of classes were out there and see the different majors and what the requisites were for each. Also, I realized that I often helped my friends with their course selections and major planning before they went to their own advisors. Therefore, I decided to major in Human Services where my concentration was in academic advising.

I wanted to become an academic advisor. I knew that my college experiences did not reflect someone who could assume such a high responsibility for helping others about their futures, but I did not see my past as a hindrance. I saw it as a benefit. In terms of my grades, I had been from one side of the spectrum to the other, and I saw my experiences while doing both well and poorly as invaluable in helping me connect with and helping students realize their own goals and aspirations. The fact that I was a bad student for awhile is an asset. The fact that I was able to realize and overcome a poor start to my college career will hopefully help students see they can improve too.

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Chickering, a.W. Education and Identity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1969.

Straub, C. And Roberts, R.F. "An Exploration of Chickering's Theory and Women's

Development." Journal of College Student Personnel, 1986, 27, pp. 216-224.

Reisser, L. "Revisiting the Seven Vectors." Journal of College Student Personnel, 1995, 36, pp.

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Essay Instructions: PLEASE INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING AND ADD WHERE NEEDED PLEASE!

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Background Info. For Admissions essay to Boston University



A.) Reasons for applying to this degree program at BU:


? I have reached a point in my life both academically and in my career

that I have found continuing my education essential to my success.

? Since returning to school at New England College of Finance, I have

strived very hard to not only learn all I can from the course, but to apply

it to my work

? Since my profession is in the financial industry I find this degree

program in Management Studies to be very helpful both personally and

professionally.

? It is very important to me to work hard at everything I do in life.

I am adopted within my family and being raised by my aunt and uncle has

made me realize how very fortunate I am. They have taught me to work hard

and be the best at what ever I do. I want to make them proud of me and to

show them that their only daughter has made it in this world.

? I have always enjoyed school. Although my college years at UMASS

left me with a bad taste due to several internal and external factors.

Paying for my own tuition became something I was no longer able to afford.

I ended up leaving school to join the workforce to earn some money and

figure out what I really wanted from my college experience.

? I was very shy and reserved in my early college years, and found it

difficult to find my way in such large universities. Coming from such a

small private, all girls high school I left I was out of my comfort zone.

I ended up giving into that and going to what was easier ? moving back

home.

? Being in the working world, I learned several lessons about

supporting myself. I learned to take what I do more seriously since I am

the controller of my future. I guess you could say because I always used

my parents as a security blanket, that I never worried about that before.

I started my working full time during the day at an executive office suite

company in boston. I also work the night shift after that at Dunkin Donuts

to make enough money to pay my rent.

? After being at HQ Business Centers (office suite company) I was ready

for a new challenge and something different. I answered in ad in the paper

for State Street Corp. I ended up getting hired and working the night

shift. My first year there proved to be very rewarding for me. I found

out quickly that my hard work paid off and I received a bonus. After the

year, I took a promotion in another area to continue to learn more about

the financial services area of Corporate actions. This was an invaluable

opportunity that taught me to deal with difficult management. I had to

learn to deal with an extraordinary work load and being expected to stay

late every date to provide coverage for those who had to get home for their

children. This position gave me the foundation to move into the position

that I visioned I would love to do one day. This was the position of a

corporate skills trainer in the training dept of State Street. I always

enjoyed helping others and being very involved with my work, but I wondered

how I could overcome my shyness. Somehow I found the strength and prepared

for my interview by attending a small verision of one of the classes. The

instructor who I need was very helpful as she actually allowed me the

opportunity to deliver part of the class. I was amazed how I managed to do

it! I wasn''t even nervous and the creative side of me that I wasn''t even

aware I had came out glowing!

? I ended up landing the trainer position by giving the hiring manager

a demonstration of my instructor skills and having a mock 15 mins class on

Corp. Actions. The hiring manager commented that it was the best interview

she has ever since! At that point, I knew I could conquer more than I

thought I was capable of.

? My year spent as a trainer was the most rewarding position yet, but

suddenly I faced an unknowed future when one day I found out that of our

training dept was laid off due to restructuring in the company. I was

completely devasted and shocked! My management repeatedly told me that I

was an excellent asset to the company, but had the least senority. After

dealing with the shock, I figured it was best to get back on the wagon and

find something new. During my first day of being laid off I attended a job

fair, resume in hand with all my glowing creditials. I quickly and

painfully found out that the solid reputation that I had built for myself

at State Street meant nothing to the outside world. Even jobs that were

only paying of the yearly salary I has making told me that I wasn''t

qualified because I didn''t have my degree. I thought how in the world will

I survive! The next day I went back to my former employer to pack up my

belongs. At that time, my Vice President rushed over to me and told me she

has a possible job lead for me. Wow, really I said. She told me it was

still in Human Resources, but it would be working with the Controller of

the division. My first thought was I don''t have that much financial

background for that. She also informed me that the hiring manager would

like to meet with me in 10 minutes. What, are you kidding? I am not in

any position for an interview right now. I mean, here I was packing up my

stuff in my overalls and sneakers! My VP said she told the hiring manager

that and he didn''t care. Oh, what was I to do. I knew I had to just go

for it and try my best, even if I wasn''t at all prepared. So I did, and

that night I was extended the job offer ? a promotion at that!

? So here is where I stand today, in my new position 7 months now as

the Asst. Controller handling all the finances for the division. Every day

when I think I can''t do something I remind myself how much I have already

accomplished.


B.) Explain what you hope to gain from your experience at this college:


? I hope to learn from the knowledge of the professors. I am

particularly interested in this program since the professors have work

experience.

? You can add whatever else will be appropriate here


C.) Discuss your future academic and career goals:


? I would like to further my education when I complete this program. I

have become a life long student and have found immense satisfaction in

learning all I can.

? Career goals, continuing in the HR field. I would like to further my

knowledge in other HR related areas such as compensation and benefits. I

hope to be promoted to an officer in the next year. As with any position,

I always want to give back to others. I have done this through my work

with State Street''s volunteer group. I am on a board of ambassadors who

serve the State Street community in various events ? Walk for Hunger,

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston Food Bank, the United Way etc. I am

also going to lead a group of 2nd graders for the Junior Achievement

program at a Quincy Elementary school in January. This program will be 1 a

week for 45 minutes teaching the students about various social-economic

conditions that face out community.


Please let me know if you need other info, I was just trying to give you

the highlights best I could.

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