Learning Beyond the Classroom

My name is Michael Dymburt, and I am currently a student at Florida Atlantic University. After receiving a degree in Accounting, I decided to pursue a career in teaching American History. All of my life I’ve worked with children. My experiences as a camp counselor and basketball coach for city youth leagues ignited my pursuit towards a career in molding young minds. Our nation faces numerous unprecedented obstacles that will be left in the hands of our future generations overcome. By learning of the historical events that helped shape this great country into what it is today, we can better prepare to tackle future hurdles that lie ahead of us.

During my years a high school student, I can vividly remember the countless times my teachers would preach how vital it was to attain certain skills and habits in an effort to prepare for college. They stressed the importance of assignment deadlines, allotting ample study time for exams, and to avoid procrastination at all costs. Teachers constantly hounded us to show up on time for class, criticized our absences and lack of participation, and were quick to schedule meetings with parents to discuss our performance in the classroom. While all of their advice seemed rudimentary, where they failed to prepare us for was the freedom that was in store for us the moment we walked on to our future campus.
Going from a public to a private high school had some help with my transition from high school to college. The yearn to meet new friends, joining clubs, and adapting to a new learning style were just a few of the experiences I had already once gone through, that helped alleviate some of the pressures of beginning college. Yet, I seemed to struggle within my first couple of semesters. I immediately chose to pursue an Accounting Degree upon my admittance to Florida Atlantic University, and I seriously underestimated the workload and effort to be successful in the program. One of the main reasons that can be attributed to my struggles was the freedom that was granted to me as a college student. I was given the liberty to pick my own schedule, which usually meant loading classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can enjoy long weekends. Attendance for a majority of my classes was voluntary, creating a mindset of “I’ll just read the chapter later”, when in fact that almost never happened. My procrastination rate had reached an all- time high, as professors constantly issued assignments with due dates of “Sunday at 11:59 p.m.” which meant I was beginning that assignment usually two hours before it was due. A culmination of all of these resulted in being placed on and off of “Academic Probation”, seriously delaying my graduation and a calling for some serious changes to be made. The next two years of my college life were in for a rude awakening.
As I began to notice close friends of mine graduate before me, entering the job force, and leaving their parents’ house to find places of their own, I began to realize I wanted to do the same. But, I could not begin the next chapter of my life until I completed the one in front of me. I began to a lot more time for studying and reviewing material, managed my time more efficiently to avoid procrastination, and made huge cutbacks on my social life. Working full time as a bartender made the road to graduation much tougher, yet I found ways to turn such obstacles into motivation. My grades dramatically improved, I was never again put on “Academic Probation”, and walked across the stage in May 2013 proudly with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.
Currently, I am pursuing a second degree as I made the choice to abandon an accounting career to pursue a life of teaching. Since beginning the program, I have received grades no lower than an “A.” I owe my current success as a student to the lessons I learned from being a Freshman. College challenges us students in ways that extend beyond the confines of a classroom. It is a learning experience that reaches beyond the bounds of a textbook or lecture. In fact, the most important lesson I plan to carry with me is what I was able to learn about myself, and that I plan on carrying for the rest of my life.

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