Seth Ferranti/ Class 3: Accountability
97. Describe your thoughts on whether accountability logs would help, hinder, or provide indifferent to your opportunities for success upon release.
I believe that accountability logs will help my opportunities for success upun release. Being accountable to yourself is the most important thing. You can lie to others but you can never lie to yourself. if you do than you are delusional and you have some serious problems. I try to keep my self image and what other people think of me as close together as possible. It is only in this way that i can be real and accountable to myself. I have kept food charts and exercise charts for years. I am always writing out lists of my goals and plans. From weekly to short term to long term goals I have it all listed and I put a lot of time and effort in revising these lists and logs and crossing out things that I have accomplished. It has also given me a sense of moving forward when I can accomplish a goal I have set or wrote down. And in the stagnant and suffocating environment of prison that is exactly what I need to stay focused.
98. In what ways will probation officers respond to efforts you’ve made at documenting your values, goals, and commitment to preparing for a law-abiding life upon release?
I think probation officers will look kindly on it. They want to see someone focused and goal orientated because they probably have so many head cases and dudes that are trying to get over and beat the system that they have to deal with on a daily basis. So I am sure if you can prove that you are re doing something positive through this program or just with your accountability your probation officer will be relieved because you are making his job easy and they will respect that.
99. Elaborate on ways that full transparency with regard to your prison adjustment through accountability logs can influence potential employers or support networks.
This whole program of the straight a guide and all my answers are the ultimate transparency with regard to my prison adjustment and not who I was when I came in but who I am now. It reflects the changes I have made and the man I have become and it records the progress I have made and the things I have achieved. Just this record itself if read can influence potential employers and my support networks.
100. Describe the role accountability logs played in their success:
Being accountable to yourself through the logs and introspection makes you see the real you. You have to analyze who you are and what you are capable of and improve in areas where you can improve. Through careful self introspection and realizing ones failures accountable logs give a clear and definite truth that can help those geared toward achievement to realize the truths of their existence and overcome what is needed to succeed in whatever environment they find themselves in conquering all obstacles that are put in their way.
101. How do universities evaluate which students to admit?
Universities evaluate which students to admit based on their academic, social and sports record. The best universities look for the most well rounded individuals. The pour over their records and select the ones that have been represented best in the various areas that they are looking for achievement in.
102. What information do creditors consider when deliberating on whether to extend loans?
Creditors look at your job and credit history. They check your bank accounts and what you own. They check for outstanding debts and evidence that you have paid your bills on time. It is all in your financial records. It is all recorded.
103. What governs investment decisions that people make?
Data, ups and downs in the stock or commodities that people wish to invest in. Trends and forecasts on certain stocks, businesses and the like and potential growth and opportunities in the fields they wish to invest in.
104. How do your responses to the above questions support or refute the value of accountability logs?
The above answer support the value of accountability logs which show a sustained record of action and consistency. That is what employers and people in general look for. They want someone who does what he says and is the man that he portrays himself to be. You have to talk the talk and walk the walk. You have to back up what you say. You have to keep your word and do stuff for others with the same quality and frame of mind for when you do it for yourself. You have to give your best efforts at all times and not slack off or be complacent or lazy.