Essay on My Love for Learning

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Growing up, I hated school. The sinking feeling I got hearing people talk about academics was distressing. Every time I heard the words “mathematics” or “language arts” used in speech I would cringe reminding myself of what I struggle with. Looking back at this struggle, I realize that it helped define the essential components of my personality. Without this hardship, I would not have the resiliency, enthusiasm, or diligence that I have today to face my educational and real - life endeavors.

Having been born outside the US to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, our lifestyle consisted of moving a lot. We have lived in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and many other places in between. The migratory lifestyle and instability lead to …show more content…

At home, my family practiced fairly mundane traditions, at least from my perspective. Every Friday night, my dad, my sister, and I would drive over to my uncle’s house to have “Shabbat”, or, “the day of rest”. Here, I would spend time listening to anecdotes shared over the dinner table or listen to my grandpa give cliché life lessons I could learn from the game of chess. He would tell me phrases such as to “never give up” and “you control your future.” Cliché as they were, these lessons did help me get through tough barriers I faced in school.

In junior High School, things started to turn around for me. Although I was still placed in lower level classes, I developed a love for learning. In the years to come from Junior High to High School, I had a strong urge to make up for lost time. One class I started to excel in was the one I used to have the most trouble with, Mathematics. It seemed as though the once boring and complex equations now seemed meaningful and simple. As I progressed into 8th grade, I was able to advance to normal classes. I felt that the hard work I put in was finally paying of. At this point, I felt that I could handle a higher level. At the end of 8th grade, I took the necessary procedures and tests to try and get into honor - level courses in 9th grade. After taking a summer course of Algebra 1 and several tests I was able to succeed and take the classes. The experience was great. I felt that I was finally going the right direction

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