May 1, 2007

The Difference Between Change and Growth: A Final Reflection

Dana Lightman wrote that “…our greatest success comes when we can meet the changes we encounter with flexibility, adaptability and resiliency.” Through using these qualities, the potential to grow occurs. As I conclude my four-year journey at Seton Hill University, I have learned the difference between change and growth. What I have learned is change is constant, and growth is a long-term process that requires both achievements, mistakes, and other experiences that one can learn. I have made achievements well beyond my belief and capability, but I have had my fair share of mistakes, which I have learned from and have made improvements toward never making those mistakes again. Seton Hill University has shown me that both positive and negative experiences are a part of one’s full academic growth.

As an English major, I wanted to explore more into the reading of novels, poems, and other forms of literature, but like many others, I was in complete shock with the variety of different English courses and requirements. After all of these challenging projects, I now have a positive and confident outlook on entering my future career. I wanted to be prepared for educating others in English, and I feel that I have been prepared for much more than just English, I have been prepared to enter a new career. After receiving my placement for student teaching, I have also understood that I am now entering my rite of passage into adulthood. Graduation is next week, the love of my life and I are moving in together, and the future of teaching in North Carolina is right around the corner.

Some may say that I have changed; I would like to believe that I have grown. First of all, I would like to thank all of you for reading my weblogs over the years, I would also like to thank my professors for helping this process of growth, especially Dr. Wendland, Dr. Silvis, Dr. Leap, Dr. Murray, and Dr. Jerz. Without them, I would not have had the greater knowledge of literature, and the greater knowledge about myself. Finally, I would like to thank my family and my beautiful love April. All of these people have made such an influence in this maturation, and without them, I would not be the man that I have become. So once again: Thanks to All of You!

Posted by The Gentle Giant at May 1, 2007 11:22 PM
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