College is an idea that many people talk about, but is college really meant for everyone?
In high school, maintaining good grades was a struggle to me because I do not comprehend information as easily as others. My GPA could have been higher than a 3.5 if I had asked for help when I needed it. I took AP classes hoping to pass the AP exams and not have to take the class in college. I also took Health Occupations to ensure that being a nurse is really what I want to do. Being in student leadership all 4 years also helped me come out of my shell and learn how to work and communicate with other people.
My freshman and sophomore years of high school my grades did not represent my abilities due to a lot of health issues resulting from 3 different concussions. I spent quite a lot of time unable to go to school and falling behind due to not feeling well from the concussions as well as going to doctor appointments and being in the hospital. At this time it was hard for me to retain information and pay attention due to chronic migraines resulting from the concussions as well as a lack of sleep due to insomnia I had developed as a side effect from the concussions. All of this made my grades not as great as they should have been my first two years of high school and this does not reflect myself as a student. As my junior year began I was able to
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.
I have always succeeded in all of my courses with high marks, earning a place in the National Honor Society. I have been in accelerated English, math, and science since eighth grade and took my first Advanced Placement course in tenth grade. Midway through tenth grade, I made the decision to graduate early considering my senior year would be very minimal in course work. To graduate early, I took economics independently last spring and challenged the U.S History and Government course. I am currently taking thirteen credits in college courses and going on clinical rotations three times a week in the hospital through the New Vision Medical Program.
As a member of the honor roll during the entirety of my high school career, I have strived to achieve the best possible scores every marking period. Every day, I come to school with a positive attitude, and am always poised to learn something new. Over the last four years, I have taken all of the technology courses my school has to offer. I have a heavy “Engineering by Design” background, and also have become skilled with CAD software, programming, and scripting. As a result of my passion for engineering, I have won the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology. Additionally, I am also very interested in Mathematics and Science, with AP Calculus and Physics being examples of courses I have taken to reflect
The College Board is a non-profit organization composed of more than 5,900 schools, colleges, universities and other educational programs. College Board provides widely-known resources, tools and services to students, parents, and colleges on topics such as college prep, admissions, and financial aid. How College Shapes Lives is based off information found in the report, Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. This report is an in-depth database describing the difference in earnings, lifestyles, and behavior patterns that correlate to a person’s higher education level. How College Shapes Lives further examines how an individual can benefit from higher education and how society as a whole benefits from it. How College Shapes Lives was written by Sandy Baum, Charles Kurose and Jennifer Ma.
Throughout my education I excelled in every subject, until I entered high school. I began to take more rigorous courses and my grades began to drop. The coursework was a dozen times harder than any other courses I’ve ever taken and I struggled greatly. Instead of taking one AP course my junior year, I took three: English Literature, Physics 1, and Psychology.
We have received an email from Christian that he is declining his enrollment to WPU to attend a community college. I just wanted to follow up with you to see if you are aware. Also, were there anything on our end that we could do to assist? I’ve tried reaching out to him via phone, but was unsuccessful.
I have always taken pride in my education. I am proud about how my grades and transcript look to day even though I had some setback along the way that may have brought some grades down in some classes. From the begging my freshman year I enrolled myself in Honors English and was happy about my decision. I did not continue with that my sophomore year and I believe that not doing that affected my motivation in not only English but other classes as well. I did not feel challenged enough in English and had a hard time in Biology. My junior year I again challenged myself and surprised many people and took AP United States History and I would no trade that experience for the world, even though there were a lot of blood sweat and tears that went into
As a current junior in a four-year high school, one would be lead to believe that the accomplishments made would be numerous. After all, high school has many opportunities that are meant to prepare a student for college through the academic and extracurricular activities provided. However, I truly believe I have failed high school. A failure is usually defined as the lack of success, yet my grades do not resemble those of a failure. Literally speaking, no overall failure was made academically. Instead, my failures and mistakes were made in the extracurricular department. Between a hectic home life and a strong dedication to family, I had neglected to take advantage of the extracurricular activities available throughout my high school career.
Throughout high school my grades have stayed right around a B average. I was not bad at most subjects I struggled the most in English. The class I struggled with most was my sophomore English 2P class which I ended with a F. Although that was the only F I was given I still regretted it and had to retake it my junior year. Through my junior and senior year I tried to get more ag. classes since that was the direction I was taking after I graduate high school.
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
The topic of this article related to the in-class discussion about college experiences and how college students should not only come to class and get good grades, but should also be involved in extracurricular activities. Being involved in various organizations, clubs, internships, and volunteer experiences all outweigh a high grade point average (GPA) and are what employers look for in a resume.
If you did poorly in High School, now is the chance to turn those bad grades and habits around; you’ve got to decide that today is a new day, and that you are fully capable to do college coursework.