Example #1 – Self Actualization in Great Expectations
The ideal state of mind that a person can achieve is called self-actualization or to become fully human. Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations told the story of how a boy named Pip worked to achieve this. More specifically, Dickens wrote how Pip learning from his experiences was able to put external factors, like social class, aside, and discover his own potential. Only after this discovery did Pip gain true independence and was able to accept himself with all his faults, including his social class. It was Pip’s ideas of social class seen in his early life that restricts him from accepting himself.
Pip as a child first learned of social class from Estella. Pip’s first experience of feeling lower appeared in the first scene with Estella; where Estella had insulted him and Pip was deeply affected: I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before, but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong that it became infectious, and I caught it. (p.55). This passage was a good example of Pip being ashamed of his social class and because of this had not been able to like himself. Pip eventually developed a fixed idea of social class and could not be satisfied as he was.
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This lead to his great desire of becoming a gentleman: Well, then, understand once and for all that I never shall or can be comfortable – or anything but miserable – there Biddy! – unless I can lead a very different sort of life from the life I lead now.(p.120)This referred to Pip’s inability to accept being who he was born as, and because he could not do this he could not be content with himself.
Dickens writes that it was through Pip’s experiences that he frees himself from the idea of social class, and it was a social class which caused his judgment of others. Pip’s progressive growth of being able to see past social class was true in his experience with Provis.
Pip first thought of Provis with disgust: The abhorrence in which I held the man, the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast.(p. 298)This quote shows how much Pip disliked Provis even though he didn’t know him.
Pip later sees Provis differently: For now, my repugnance to him had all melted away, and in the hunted wounded shackled creature who held my hand in his, I only saw a man who had meant to be my benefactor, and who had felt affectionate, gratefully, and generously towards me with great constancy through a series of years. (p.415)
Pip’s new feelings of Provis show Pip’s learned understanding of other people. Provis also was important because he reminded Pip of how he treated Joe: But, sharpest and deepest pain of all – it was for the convict, guilty of I knew not what crimes, and liable to be taken out of those rooms where I sat thinking, and hanged at the Old Bailey door, that I had deserted Joe. (p. 301).
Pip felt guilty for deserting Joe and therefor acknowledged he had done so. The experience with Joe also caused Pip to put social class aside. Pip understood how cruelly he treated Joe and how good a person Joe was and so Pip apologized: Pray to tell me, both that you forgive me!
Pray let me hear you say the words, that I may carry the sound of them away with me, and then I shall be able to believe that you can trust me, and think better of me, in the time to come! (p.446)Pip’s experience with Joe’s and Biddy’s kindness caused Pip to finally realize how wrong he was for thinking they were lower, and thinking himself lower for being part of their class. By losing the sense of social class he could be more accepting of himself. The third part of Pip accepting his life comes after he becomes an independent person.
He becomes an independent person after he can no longer depend on Provis to give him money. He gets a job working for Herbert and later becomes his partner. We were not a grand way of business but we had a good name, and worked for our profits, and did very well. (p.446). Pip learned that even though he had to work it was still respectable. In this way, Pip could respect himself.
This is the respect he needed to accept his status. Dickens’ story told of how Pip could learn to recognize people for what they were and not see them in terms of social status. Pip could then accept himself with his status as the working-class and become an independent person. These traits in a person relate to traits of a self-accepting, self-actualized person; these are the traits that would be good in all people, even today.
For many years I have set goals for myself but did not totally accomplish all of them. So this time I decided to make up a philosophy that will motivate me. My philosophy is: Never sell myself short. If I make an effort I can achieve my goals. Success is not going to knock on my door.
I have to go out and get it. Especially since I was raised in a family that has so many ambitions and talents. I’m constantly being advised that I need to follow the family traits that have to lead them to the road of being financially stable.
That’s another theory that also helped motivate my return to higher education at the University of Phoenix.
Since I have made such a tremendous step to learn online. I must now focus on what types of expectations/achievements that I want for myself, that will guide me to the end of my undergraduate degree at the University of Phoenix.
Well, my first expectation is to find a way to adapt to my everyday routines including school. It’s been so easy in the past when I first attended college because I didn’t have so much on my plate. But now since I been juggling work, school, and most importantly my son, in a twenty-four-hour day, it’s been very hard. Considering how hard it is, I must say I’m very blessed to have the strength to go through each day. I definitely think I am a well-rounded person who has the prudential to achieve the courses that will better my knowledge for a better future.
I think if I start analyzing a daily schedule I will have the time to be more relaxed and focus when it comes to school time. I want to be able to concentrate on my assignments, by making sure they are always decent and deadlines are meant. I also want to be able to understand and take heed on what I’ve learned when the course is over because that will allow me to apply all areas of study together which will result in how much I have learned. I also want to be able to look back at my results ten years from now and see if all my goals were achieved.
My second expectation is to go beyond and above my expectations, by producing a high GPA at the University of Phoenix, and to achieve those goals I need to be able to find a style of studying. I know this is the most difficult issue I have stumbled within previous times. I never actually took the time to sit down and sort out what my weaknesses were. But I now have to be stern with myself and realized that time and money is at hand. The first step I think I need to take is what is the best time of the day for me to study? And how can I make myself understand the concept of the material in the course?
Thanks to GEN101 discussion assignments I found the best time for me to study was in the evening when I can forget about all the papers on my desk and put my son to sleep. For my second answer, which I gained from GEN 101, is that I can learn to understand a lecture by relating my own issues. These concepts will be a tremendous help with my further courses that I look forward to overpowering.
The third expectation is to graduate from the University of Phoenix and sell my potential to Corporate America. I want to be able to stand out and be seen as one of the University of Phoenix global achievers. I want to know that I am well qualified to make an educated decision in my future company. I also want my educated background to have a significant impact on others that are willing to learn.
Finally, if I follow the milestone that I set for myself I will be a successful woman. I will not be excluded from job promotions and raises. Never the less settle for less than I’m worth. I can then look back at these expectations/achievements and wonder how life would have been if I didn’t go back to college.
Also, I can save these examples for my children to reflect upon and in courage them on what education has to offer. My family will also be content and excited about my accomplishments. They will then realize that I am ready to encounter what life has to offer.
It has been 20 years since I have been in school and I want to be here at The University of Phoenix to finally get the degree that I have put off for so many years. I realize there may be roadblocks ahead of me that I am not aware of at this time, but I am making a commitment to myself to be successful. The road I have chosen is long overdue, but I believe it is the right choice and something I strongly desire.
I selected the U of P due to the accelerated program offered, the high caliber of educators, and recommendations by friends. After just one class, I’m very excited about my choice and look forward to the challenges ahead.
At the U of P, I hope to obtain the knowledge and tools to help me be successful and to finally make things “right” with myself and my employer. I say this as, in the past, I have misled my former and current employers that I have an education beyond high school.
Through hard work and dedication, I have been able to produce and prosper in my professional life, even without an education beyond high school. But I feel with a “real” degree in hand, I’ll be more confident and proud of myself for the hard work and dedication it will take to accomplish this goal. Also, the dark cloud of my misrepresentation will finally be lifted. I believe I will finally be proud of myself and gain the honor and integrity I desire.
My personal goal is to obtain a Bachelors’s degree in Business Management. As I pursue my goal at U of P, I must dedicate myself. To achieve this goal, there must be a commitment, discipline, desire, and expectations. There will be many challenges that lie ahead of me as I steadily make my journey to achieving a degree. But I feel I can overcome any obstacles and face any challenge, due to my maturity level and positive outlook. Twenty years ago, I did not feel the need or have the desire as I do now.
Other than the obvious goal of obtaining a degree, I hope to finally have the skills, knowledge, and tools to obtain further success in my professional life. I also feel a degree will give me more confidence in myself both personally and professionally. The education that I will receive will help me tremendously in my professional career. I feel I will be much more marketable to my present employer as well as future employers. Advancement opportunities will come to fruition as I go through the educational improvement process.
Throughout this new learning process, I hope to develop the skills to be a better communicator, both orally and in written communications. I’ve always somewhat lacked confidence in writing and I hope to gain the skills to write effective letters and reports. I hope to develop leadership skills and have confidence in myself and in the decisions I make.
I hope to learn how to set priorities and manage my time better both at home and at work. Just making the decision and taking the steps to further my education feels liberating and eases the anxiety I’ve always felt about not furthering my education. I feel my fears about “not measuring up” will subside and a sense of camaraderie will develop with my associates at work.
Since beginning classes, I hope the stimulation I feel now will continue to grow and ease the fears I’ve always had about “learning” again. I expect my confidence level to rise and as I get more confidence, my mind will open up to new ideas and better ways of doing things. I hope this stimulating environment will foster new ideas that I can use in my professional life. Above all, I believe this journey will bring to me a sense of accomplishment, pride, and confidence.
In my personal life, I realize I must make many sacrifices. The time I must invest in obtaining a degree will require I give up the very little free time I currently enjoy with my family. My work schedule is extremely full now and leaves very little time with my family.
Taking classes will totally eliminate any time I had to spend with them, but they are very supportive and understand the rewards we will all reap from this undertaking. I’m doing this for all of us, as I know the personal and professional growth and successes will be invaluable for our future.
There are so many things that kids dream of after they graduate from high school. For me, it was to go to college. I thought that college was going to exactly like high school. Except I wouldn’t have to go home to my parents every night. My expectations of college were to party, have easy classes, and hang out with my friends. But when reality set in there is no time to party accept on the weekends, there is no such thing as an easy class, and hanging out with my friends is built around all of my school work.
My expectations of college were so high I couldn’t wait to get there. I was hoping that there would be a lot of time to party while I was at college. I thought since there was no one to go home to that I could do what I wanted. The thought of doing whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to was great. I also thought that all of my classes would be easy.
Since when you go to college you get to pick all your classes I couldn’t go wrong. I thought that I could take whatever I wanted and I could make an easy schedule with lots of time to spare. And with lots of time to spare, I could hang out with all of my friends whenever I wanted.
But when reality set in all of my expectations went down the drain. I found out that there is no time to party with all of the schoolwork that you have. The classes that I have now take all of my time. If I don’t spend a little time on my school work every night I will fall so far behind that I want to be able to catch up. As far as having easy classes in college, there is none. The classes that you get in college are nothing like you experience in high school.
You constantly have something to due in your classes whether its notes, essays, or just study for a test or quiz. This semester there is not a week that goes by that I don’t have an essay or report due for one of my teachers. The thought of hanging out with my friends all of the time is impossible. It never accords to me that they may have classes when I don’t.
And when you add in all of the time you spend in class and doing your homework there really isn’t that much time to spend running around with all of your friends. So the thought of college being easy is not the same when reality sets in.
So if I could give advice to a student coming out of high school and entering college it would have to be prepared. Make sure that you’re ready because if you not you will get blown away. As far as me adjusting to college I took it pretty hard. I didn’t expect to have so much work because I never experienced in high school. But now that I’m in my second semester I think that I can handle all of the work with the right time management. And if I can manage my time that leaves time to party and to hang out with my friend.
Example #5 – Expectations Essay Structure
2. High expectations convey a sense of confidence and trust
3. Striving to meet high expectations improves people’s skills, and when these individuals succeed, their success leads to increased confidence and higher performance.
2. Asking someone to do their best is different from them trying to meet one’s personal definition of high expectations.
3. It is unrealistic to ask someone to meet your standards.
4. People could give up or lose confidence if they are unable to meet the expectations
5. You may be thought of as someone who is unyielding or only concerned with performance
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