Since I was little, I have always loathed history. I never understood why there was a need to learn about events that already happened; only the future mattered. But when my history teacher from sophomore year described AP US History as the class where students learned to appreciate history, I doubted how one class could change my mindset and decided to take the challenge and enroll.
Students in Colorado marched out of it, Oklahoma’s government doesn’t want to fund it, and there are more horror stories about this curriculum than there are horror movies; however I still want to take AP U.S. History. There are both pros and cons to taking this course, but in the end those positives slightly outweigh the negatives. I want to take AP U.S. History for possible college credit, for a challenge, and simply because I enjoy history.
I believe I should be enrolled into AP history, because I need to be able to take the next stepin high school. I think if I take this course, I will be prepared for the hard work and time that I will have to invest if I want to be a good student. This class is also an opportunity for me to better myself at studying for tests, because tests have always been my weakness and I believe this class could really get me to the point where I am studying a week in advance. I think that I deserve to be in AP history, because I went from being a student who couldn’t even get on Honor Roll in 7th grade, to a student who has been on High Honor Roll in 8th grade. If I hope to continue to make academic strides in school then I think that AP history will help
I discovered that the job I had was not going to cooperate with school and my grades suffered. I became determined not to become one of the people that tried and failed at school. So I set a career path that will allow me time for work and school and have been promoted to a job that will allow me to achieve my educational goals. I plan on using my free time at work to study during the slow times, which I chose to work nights and sacrifice time with my family to allow me the ability to enjoy more study time at work.
However, one twist was involved: college classes. I am taking four college classes this semester. Among the practices mentioned before, I added on many college level essays and research papers. I have learned to constantly keep on doing something whenever I have free time, whether it be studying while eating or finally getting home and do homework instead of going straight to bed.
College. The word alone sends an icy chill down my spine as my mind wanders and dreams of the day that I will finally step foot on an enlightening campus. As a curious child and even more inquisitive teen, I have always been, and continue to be, mesmerized by the glossy college pamphlets with perfect photos of students, posing “naturally” in their science labs and English seminars. I always knew college was for me, as at the age of seven I began planning out my future major (and minors). Of course, my ideal university and course of study has changed over the years, yet the idea of college has continued to fascinate me. The core principles of any given college are most likely related to collaboration, a rigorous education, and diversity, which
There are many reasons why I want to be in AP United States History. I really enjoy history classes and was recommended by Mr. Walterbach to take the class. When taking Pre-AP World History freshman year, I felt like I was confident in the class and understood the material. Plus, I received an A for both semesters. I decided that if I could handle Pre-Ap World History and felt that it was easy, I could handle AP United States History.
Over the years, my family and I have visited numerous forts, museums, and parks during summer vacation that tell the story of our nation’s past. Standing in the same places as many influential people have stood tends to make me want to explore the stories of the events which unfolded there. History is a giant story of the entire world which I can use to learn from the mistakes and victories of the past. Studying history allows me to understand how events unfolded and affected other people. Through thorough study of history, it becomes easier for me to find parallels between the past and present day events. Taking AP US History would allow me to challenge myself to better understand the history of our nation and the way our nation has
I decided to take AP Psychology. My junior year started and psychology soon became my favorite class. Every day, I looked forward to seventh period. The material came naturally to me, and I made connections between what I learned in class and my everyday life. When the AP test came around, I scored a five. I was so proud of myself.
Throughout many of the arduous AP courses I took in high school I was pushed to my limits, but I accomplished my goals through hard work. One example of this would be my AP United States History class. This class was one of the most difficult courses I had taken, mostly due to the sheer amount of information being presented and needed to be memorized. Even though the basics of U.S. history had been taught to me in one way shape or form every school year, there was brand new information on people and important dates. At first I struggled with the work load and text, but I eventually made it through and succeeded by diving
The story behind as to why I took the Pre-AP English class isn’t a very interesting one. From SLMS to CJH I never signed up for the Honors English classes, that decision for me was just one of those things you consider but never actually intend to do. I believe the reason why my 9th grade English teacher recommended me for Pre-AP was because I always performed at the top of the class. After I was approached with the offer I knew I could’ve made one of two choices; either stay in a regular leveled class or challenge my skills and proficiency in Pre-AP. Honestly, if I had taken the regular course I probably would have passed with an A and minor struggles. Profoundly deep down inside I knew the right thing for me to do was take Pre-AP to test
Why do I want to take an AP class? The reason I decided I want to take AP English is because I wish to expand my knowledge of reading and writing. Furthermore, English has always been my favorite class and I've always been interested in a career connected to the subject. Even more, I have always done extremely well in my other English classes and I feel that I could be very successful taking an AP class. I’m currently enrolled in an honors English class so I am prepared for the next step up. I’m excited to be able to learn more about English and improve my skills as a reader and writer. Not only am I super hardworking, but I also won’t give up. For example, I will be able to complete large amounts of work and difficult assignments. I really
A significant educational opportunity I have taken advantage of is being in AVID. I joined AVID so I can stay organized and be prepared for high school. I joined AVID in the seventh grade and have been in it ever since. I really wanted to stay organized and my older brother recommended this class to me. I am glad I joined AVID because I have met a lot of people and have been very organized and prepared for my classes. AVID has really helped me because of tutorials, study halls, and taking better notes in class to help me study better.
I chose to take AP Biology in my sophomore year of high school, which I quickly learned was a very demanding course. Even the instructor agreed there was too much material to cover before the AP test. This meant that we flew through each unit, and had very few opportunities to earn extra credit.
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.