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Applying Chapter Seven to College Life

Within chapter seven, McGonigal comes up with a new innovative game that can be used in the very reality of individuals lives, “Chore Wars”.  With the thought of this concept she really knows how to reel or bring in new ideas to get people going, motivated, and ecstatic about the simplest things that doesn’t really require that much energy to do.  She finds herself competing with her husband on who can accomplish more within chores around the house.  Mcgonigal sets up ground rules and what not to follow in order for her to stay on her task.  Interestingly enough in regularly “Fixes”, for Fix #7 she defines that, “Games motivate us to participate more fully in whatever we’re doing.”  Points that are thrown across such as,

“:To participate wholeheartedly in something means to be self motivated and self directed, intensely interested and genuinely enthusiastic”

“If we’re forced to do something, or if we do it halfheartedly we’re not really participating.”

“If we don’t care how it all turns out, we’re not really participating.”

“If we’re passively waiting it out, we’re not really participating”

Can’t all these thoughts be processed and viewed what we do just in order to get the “dream job” that we want in life?  College students work their tales off in order to get where they want to be in life.  If one is forced into a major that is not their own particular desire, the student may or may not perform as well in the class as they would like to be.  They then aren’t really participating in what they should be at all.  If we don’t care about the outcome of a class, then say goodbye to an awesome gpa.  Lastly if one was waiting out on something, such as work to be done that can be connected to procrastination.  All of these concepts can be generally be connected to our college life and how we’re going to be able to beat this game in order to get that said “dream job”.  Just a thought on how I looked at this chapter within her book.



4 thoughts on “Applying Chapter Seven to College Life

  1. Very good point. I definitely think applying McGonigal’s “chore wars” concept is a very good idea for college life. The fixes make total sense when applying them to a college situation. I think the best example is undergrad work where for example a history major needs to take a math and science to fulfill education requirements. That student doesn’t want to take a math or science course; that’s why they’re a history major. Applying the fixes and “chore wars” would definitely help a student conquer those obstacles.

    Posted by galaviz1 | May 25, 2013, 12:40 pm
    • Well to go with that, it can go the same (how ironic) with English majors as well who want to go into the educational field. But I think we can apply all of this with the greater toll of life just as it is.

      Posted by ecflyer91 | May 28, 2013, 11:10 am
  2. With any ARG it is a way to bring a little extra meaning into mundane tasks or even provide more value to other tasks such as with the Nike+ point system that allows a person to gain points towards Nike supplies and apparel for exercising. After the success of Nike+ ipod app they have released a Nike Training game for consoles that guides the user through various exercises.

    The idea of “Dream Job” might be taken differently depending on who is asked, ideally it is something that is enjoyed but also provides the appropriate lifestyle that the dreamer requires. In reality it is seperated into two different categories; the job that allows your lifestyle of choice or the job that you love. There have been many different books as of recent that have gone into detail about how a lot of universities provide majors in dying fields such as or will end in a career that would make the student hard pressed to pay back their loans. Recent research by Jenna Goudreau, of Forbes staff finds that majors such as history, archaeology, philosophy and music can leave the student unemployed and broke regardless of their degree. These are majors that students are normally very passionate about but all their work would lead to less than exciting results for most.

    The question is if its better to love your major, find a happy median where the students can make a life for themselves as well as enjoy what they do, or just go for the highest paying careers and save the passion for hobbies? Could a further ARG setting in schools create better students giving them motivation beyond the final grade to do well in all of their classes? Provide points for the grades and the points would count as dollars towards the bookstore or other campus merchandise.

    I know i feel excited about recieving good grades but as an institution i feel like the school could care less about my achievement let alone provide any benifit besides paying more money and working even harder in their honors program to be able to select my classes a couple of day earlier. BRING ON THE POINTS !!

    Posted by diomazurek | May 28, 2013, 12:42 pm
    • I feel that within today’s society everyone is just looking for the highest paid job now. What is going to be more substantial for someone to live on now a days. A lot of people don’t necessarily look to the thoughts of what they like to enjoy. That’s what I believe. However there will be twists and turns that come ones way that may lead that individual a totally opposite direction. I know this because I’m speaking from experience. However when you’re talking about student loans previously I too don’t know that experience. As a student athlete I had to work very hard to achieve to where I am today especially to represent this University. With that I am on a scholarship and I don’t really have to worry about student loans at all because I worked very hard to try to reach my dreams, goals, and at least creating a name and identity for myself. With that I believe I can achieve my dream job with what I have worked hard towards.

      Posted by ecflyer91 | May 29, 2013, 1:53 pm

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