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Educational Growth

The best way to describe my educational growth during my masters studies is by comparing it to a marathon runner, running their race. There are numerous reasons why I choose this analogy and, if you will allow me to do so, I would like to share these reasons with you.

The first similarity between my educational growth and a marathon runner is, like a marathon runner, I began running my "race" slow. I could not see the finish line, obtaining my masters degree, however I did know that it existed. A marathon runner runs a race with the same mindset. When beginning a race, the only line the runner can see is the starting line, however they do know that the finish line exists.

A second similarity that I draw is one of determination. The mindset of determination was evident in my educational growth very early in my masters studies. I did not fair well, academically, in my program, for the first semester-and-a-half. Time had passed since I was in college and I had to retrain my brain into the "studying" mode. I was determined to do so, and, as a result, my grades began to improve. Likewise, a marathon runner must begin the race with determination to do his/her best. Along the way he/she may have times when they do not run very well in the course, or they may fight fatigue. However, in both cases, neither I, nor the marathon runner could look back at what we had faced in the past. We both had to use these experiences as lessons learned, to help guide us towards our final destinations. Also along the way we both had "coaches" to help us through our "pitfalls." A marathon runner has his/her trainers to help them prepare for their races. Likewise, I had my professors and fellow classmates, who were there for me whenever I needed them in my "race" for my masters degree.

By using the word "pace," I can see another similarity between my educational growth and a marathon runner. Similar to how a marathon runner has to keep a steady pace throughout a race, I had to keep a "pace" with my course load during my educational studies. If I were to have taken too many courses, or too few courses, at a time, then I would not have reached my goal in a timely manner. However, with the help of my advisor, Dr. Blanche O'Bannon, I had an educational plan drawn out that I used to stay on course, to obtain my degree. The course load that I took each semester allowed me to focus and concentrate more on my studies, which in turn, led me to gaining a better foundation of the education that I need to instruct others in the future.

Finally, when the race had been run or the masters degree had been earned, although we may be exhausted, both the marathon runner and I can look back at the race/educational accomplishments and know that we have given it our best performance. We have both reached our goals because of the preparation for the race/educational accomplishments, as well as encouragement from the "coaches"/professors. Now, the next goal that we must both set ourselves is to take what we have learned as experience, to help us train for the next "races" in our lives.



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