A loner. Withdrawn. Questions the meaning of life. A rule breaker.
I know. This reads like an UnSub profile on an episode of “Criminal Minds.”
It also describes me (although I tend to follow rules).
A recent MBTI test in my graduate business course pegged me as an INTP, or introverted, intuitive, a thinker and perceiving. According to online resources, INTPs are neither natural-born leaders, nor do we follow. We are big-picture thinkers who should be scientists or philosophers. One website suggested that being a “slacker” would be a preferred career for an INTP.
I’m discovering that one cannot be a slacker in an online college course.
Well, I take that back. One can be a slacker in an online college course. If one wants to get behind and completely overwhelmed. Which is where I am right now.
But I refuse to give up just yet. I’ve decided I need to schedule specific days to dedicate to coursework. It takes about an hour and a half for every post I make to the online discussion boards. The discussion board entries might look like simple online comments but they really require some thought, research and editing. So I just need to carve out an hour and a half on two weeknights and on Saturday. That’s doable, right? I just have to stop being such a slacker and turn off the back-to-back episodes of Criminal Minds on the ION network. It’s not like I have an active social life to give up; I am an INTP after all.
I think I am going to have to give up my personal tone and find my “graduate student voice,” though. I’m afraid my discussion board post about being an INTP yesterday read more like a blog entry. I should have completed my orientation assignment first—the instructor advised us not to be too casual or sarcastic in our posts. (Hopefully, my business instructor will know I can’t help it: INTPs are casual and sarcastic.)
If I do successfully complete this eight-week experiment in online education, I eventually need to decide whether I want to move forward and begin pursuing a master’s degree in strategic leadership.
I mean, I already know INTPs are not natural leaders. Maybe I should go with what the experts say and embrace my inner slacker.
Then again, rules are meant to be broken.