I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced a tremendous amount of success and opportunity throughout my life. I had always performed well in school, I took advanced courses, I got into the private high school my mother went to, and because my parents owned a little Thai restaurant since I was four, I had an extracurricular that taught me people skills and offered me more work experience than any of my peers had. When I realized that I was exceeding the expectations of my parents and those around me, I became content with not reaching my full potential. It was until much later that I realized that adopting that mindset was where I went wrong. When my high school decided not to accept me into the National Honor Society during my junior year, I was devastated.
Throughout high school, numerous students have obstacles that they go through that end up affecting their educational journey. For myself, my hurdle was learning to cope with having a job, playing sports and being a part of school clubs all while sustaining worthy grades.
Major changes in my life have affected my high school career, but a large impact came from the death of my father in eighth grade. Before his passing, I was an average A/B student in middle school and even elementary school, which quickly changed in 8th grade when my classes became too hard for me to handle. I decided the best thing for my mental health was to drop out of my higher level classes. This lead to being in standard classes throughout my first year of high school with minimal effort from my part. After constantly missing school, I failed my second quarter. Instead of bouncing back from this, it pushed me down, making me believe I would never be able to recover. Without any motivation, I ended my ninth grade year with a grade point average of 1.4.
Throughout my high school career I have had many ups and many downs. High School by far has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to overcome. Freshman year and sophomore year were my easiest years academic wise but my junior and senior years have been very challenging. But while facing these challenges I have learned many things that may be helpful for those future seniors who are trying to get through high school.
The goals I proposed throughout high school helped me give back to society and developed me as a person. When I decided to dedicate myself to extra-curricular activities it wasn’t simple because I faced financial difficulty within my family and living in a single parent household but I managed to take on the challenge of balancing the difficult environment I was raised in and achieving my educational goals.
This paper will explain the reasons that I want to obtain a college degree at Columbia Southern University and how I will make that happen. It will be a difficult task to accomplish but I believe that it can be done.By putting in the work and staying motivated to accomplish this goal I will be successful.
Sure enough, after all my preparations and studying, I did not manage to get into the Science and Tech program. I may of let my family's hope down, even myself down. However, I knew that a school may not matter, it's how I bounce back and prove that even though I didn't get in the program, it wouldn't limit me to what I could accomplish. I used this failure as a strive for success. Taking classes and not just meeting the average but to excel in that class was important to accomplish my dream of going to college and becoming an engineer. Attending Laurel High School was an experience I will never felt. I wanted to take my failure and turn it into a success, taking the most interesting and challenging classes I can. Instead of just trying to pass a
Joining Saint Xavier High School in 2015 was the best decision I could have made. I came into the school feeling prepared, but not fully appreciating what the journey would be like. Over the last two years I have experienced highs and lows, felt like I’ve achieved great things in some areas, and have fallen short in others. Saint Xavier is a large school with talented individuals and that makes it a competitive environment in academics and extracurriculars. Interestingly, academics and extracurriculars are the two topics that immediately came to mind as I was thinking about successes and areas for improvement. Friendship and relationship building is also an area of reflection. Throughout the first couple years of my
During my freshman and sophomore year I was trying to find myself, trying to find what I was good at and how I can be that "well-rounded" student everyone talks about. So I joined a bunch of sports and clubs that I really had no experience at, not saying joining new clubs/sports having no experience is a bad thing, but I did go a little overboard. I was frustrated with myself at the thought that I wasn't good at anything I joined, but I figured out why. I gave up easily and I had no passion of what I was doing. I gave up at everything I did, if I saw that I wasn't good enough, I didn't practice to get better. This was my mistake, I was scared that this failure was going to define who I was forever, but it wasn't. Summer 2016 I went on a two-week trip to Puerto Rico, I met up with my family and caught up with my cousins. I told my cousins everything about my high school days and they laughed at me. They asked "How did you expect to be good at anything when you didn't work hard for it? Anyone can be good at anything if they tried hard enough" I took that by heart. This is where I came to my senses and changed, I understood the impact of having a growth
In keeping with the theme of brutal honesty that I have taken with this application, I don’t want to pretend that I was a model student in high school. I am a person who has, in the past, made mistakes and poor decisions but I am not that person today. I want to show you who I am and what I can do, but I must emphasize the person that I used to be in order to do that. I was not an ‘A’ student (or even a ‘B’ student) in high school. I did not take any AP courses, I was not part of any extracurricular activities, and I did not get involved with any student government associations. It just wasn’t who I was in high school. I was directionless and unmotivated to succeed in my education; however, those experiences provided me with the baseline on which to measure my intellectual development.
The school cause this educational neglect. The school think that the student that miss alot of days of school have drop out of school. The question that the school needed to stated in their school policy of the child is attending is how many absences are to many. Head Start parent stated transportation, parent work schedule and
This quote means that the key point, in order to be successful, is that you are confident in yourself. Confidence is the feeling or belief that you can rely on yourself with firm trust. Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. If you are not positive in what you are trying to achieve, it will be difficult for you to complete that goal. Having belief in what you are doing is a crucial part of carrying out the goal at hand. For example, if a student was trying to make the sports and was consistently telling themselves negative mental comments, that student is not expected to push themselves in the direction of their goal. That student does not have the momentum to reach for their dream. They are placing themselves in a pessimistic
Mediocrity is the perfect word to sum up my high school experience. Going into my freshman year of high school, I had no future aspirations. Life was bland; my main focus was to make it through the school day with the least effort possible. It wasn't until the end of my sophomore year that I realized the magnitude of my decision of not taking school seriously. I thought my future was ruined before it even started because of my abysmal GPA. It was for this reason that I decided to take school more seriously. I took a total of seven Advance Placement classes in my junior and senior years and never fell below a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The world opened up to me, and many opportunities presented themselves. It wasn't until it was time to apply to colleges
Before entering my junior year, I didn’t expect to work particularly hard to achieve the goal I had set for myself. Of course, my parents and teachers told me that high school isn’t a joke especially junior year. But, it is all fun and games until you start seeing your grades dropping and you see the look of disappointment
Upon entering high school, I made a goal to myself: I wanted to become a better version of myself, realizing my own strengths and weaknesses and, ultimately, preparing to be a part of a completely different atmosphere beyond high school and even college. From the beginning, I knew I was going to find a way to improve academically, as a member of Kingsway’s STEM Academy and Superintendent’s List throughout my high school career. However, I would never think that I, as an eighth grader, would ultimately rise above my classmates, eventually being third in my class freshman year and still enjoying the rigor of taking as many AP and Honors classes as I possibly could fit in my schedule. By being recognized and awarded for my achievements, I finally realized that being this type of student, one that strives to do the best and remains self-motivated no matter what difficulties are faced, gives me a purpose as student and overall enjoyment.