Goals are important when it comes to succeeding in life. “Finding balance between creating realistic, achievable goals and creating goals from your dreams is important,” says TSTC Executive Vice President Rob Wolaver
Wolaver grew up and graduated from high school in Red Oak, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Tarleton State University. He went on to University of North Texas to get his doctorate of education training and development. Wolaver, however, said he did not finish his dissertation as his work obligations and priorities in life changed. He originally planned to stay at TSTC for only five years, but his love for the students and the environment of TSTC has kept him there for more than 18 years.
One of the most difficult tasks facing college students today is time management. There seems to be no shortage of responsibilities but a huge shortage of time. Between balancing classes, homework, internships, jobs, studying, and a social life, it’s no wonder the average student can so easily become overwhelmed. Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life offers several resources for students who struggle with time management and focus.
The idea for Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life can be traced back to an experience I had toward the end of my previous incarnation as a college English teacher. Back then, I was required to have my students submit their papers to Turnitin.com, the anti-plagiarism website. In one class, I was surprised when one of my students turned in a twenty-four page paper when the required minimum length was only five pages. Surprise, however, turned into dismay when the Turnitin.com report showed that 95% of the paper had been plagiarized from no less than fourteen different websites. When I met with the student to explain this was not acceptable—after all, plagiarism is presenting someone else’s words and/or ideas as your own—without batting an eye she replied, “Well, I never said that I wrote the whole paper.”
Chapter 1 MCC: Goal Setting (Charting Your Future)
Johnette McKown, McLennan Community College President
McLennan Community College President Johnette McKown believes in pouring herself into everything she does. “I have always believed in doing more than was requested — not expecting compensation for the extra,” she said. “I love to look at the details and make sure I have prepared well.”