When you get into your car in the morning, you know the destination you’re driving to, right? If there happens to be a road block as you’re driving, you will need to take a detour But since you know your destination, you’ll be able to get where you’re going even if you have to go a different way. Going to college is very much like driving your car. Some of you know the eventual destination you want to get to and you have a path you can take to get to where you want to go. But just like driving without a destination, going to college without a goal means it will take you longer to go where you aren’t sure you wanted to go.
Critical thinking is a necessary skill to develop if you are to do well in the world. And by well, I mean survive. Critical thinking is making decisions based fully on logic; this means thinking beyond instincts and considering all the information and the consequences and effects the decisions would have.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
At the beginning of all experimental work stands the choice of the appropriate technique of investigation. ~ Walter Rudolf Hess
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener
In the upcoming second edition of Taking Charge, we have a chapter on research that defines methods and modes of research in different spheres of your life—such as personal, educational, and professional.