engaging with habits of mind, and improving as a student
The most important habits of mind to me, the ones I try the hardest to engage with daily, are persistence, curiosity, openness, and responsibility. I chose these because almost every day I try to be open in my interactions with others, persistent in my pursuit of knowledge in school, curious in my research and learning, and lastly I try to take responsibility for what I do, whether socially or academically.
The habits of mind improve creativity and writing sure, but these things are also so vital in science. Curiosity is what drives people to do research, to engage and learn, to do more than just memorize definitions to pass a test. Persistence and curiosity together are what allowed me to do well in my biology and chemistry classes this year. In college persistence is vital to grind through the never-ending assignments and test, the curiosity is what makes you want to persist. In biology, especially, a class where you must know so much more than definitions, having curiosity and being able to continue to try even when you think you surely will fail, is the only way to get through. Without persistence curiosity falls short, without curiosity persistence is aimless.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney
Openness is so important in social interactions; it allows you to listen not just speak. Converse not argue. Understand and learn instead of clinging to one understanding. Science and medicine is always changing, and without openness you will be lost in a sea of outdated disproven hypothesis, clinging to a sinking ship. Openness also needs responsibility. Responsibility allows you to look back and understand that something you did is wrong, but also allows you to realize that the choices you make have consequences. Responsibility is also understanding that what you do affects other people. In being open you can see things from the perspective of the people around you, and understand that you should/shouldn’t do things just for the sake of human decency and for the sake of making something better for someone else. Responsibility and openness are prevalent in all fields, in society and in academia.
The habits of mind are used almost every day by plenty of people, the trick is knowing how to develop them and use them consciously and simultaneously.