I’ve been grappling with the value of self-awareness for a few days now, even posting a few questions on several listervs to try to gain clarity on the issue.
I was thinking back to the decision why I decided to teach our “What Could I Do With My Life?” course in the first place. In a nutshell, I was not worried about the 56% of students who graduate from UNCG; what really worried me was the 44% who did not. What knowledge/skills did they receive while they were a student on out campus?
That’s when the light bulb went off in my head – what if I could at least provide them with a little bit of self-awareness knowledge so that – even if they don’t finish college – they at least will have a toolbox that could help them take action and make decision that were in congruence with the things that matter most in their lives.
I wanted to share this tidbit because it made me reflect on a article I read a few years ago that provide me the impetus to go all-in on this work, with the goal to impact EVERY student in education. The article:
- “How to Live Wisely” – https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/education/edlife/how-to-live-wisely.html
Although the article is focused on college students, I believe that most of us could take a few minutes every now and then to reflect on how to life a good life.
Articles like this provide me the insight to continue to perfect my craft and provide students with the most essential tools to be successful – in college and in life.