During this course, we have looked at what honest, upright people do to become successful in life. They:
- take control of their own fate
- take personal responsibility for their actions
- develop self-confidence
- think critically and ask questions
- plan to act early rather than procrastinating
- turn to capable people when they need help or advice
- demonstrate flexibility and interest in lifelong learning
- practice moral and ethical behavior
While the above actions are important, they are by no means the only actions one can take to be successful.
- Think of one additional action you can take to bring about your success, both academically and in life generally.
- Search for a quote that highlights the value of that action and that you personally find meaningful.
- Research some brief information about the individual who is credited with making the quote. When did they live? Are they famous? If so, what are they famous for? Note: This means that you cannot choose a quote by someone anonymous.
- Explain in your own words what the quote means.
- Explain why the quote is meaningful to you, e.g., by providing an example from your life experience.
- Relate the important message the quote has for students who want to achieve academic success.
Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes all of the above.
Grading criteria for the oral presentation (2 points for each of the following):
- I make a presentation that is about 4 minutes long.
- I present the quote on a slide and give my colleagues a chance to read it.
- I accurately paraphrase the meaning of the quote.
- I explain why the quote is meaningful to me.
- I connect the message of the quote to academic success.
- The layout of the slides balances text and images.
- The text uses bullet points – is in note form, not complete sentences
- The text is grammatically correct.
- The text uses academic vocabulary.
- I speak in a loud, clear voice.
Total: 2 x 10 = 20 points
To help you with your presentation, if you’d like, here is an outline you can follow:
I have chosen a quote about _____________________.
This quote is by ____________________. S/he is/was a __________________ who lived _______________.
Please take a minute to read it.
This quote means ____________________.
I chose this particular quote because ________________________.
I also believe it relates to our academic success here at Cedar Crest College because ____________________.
Do you have any questions you’d like to ask me?