Besides graduating from college, being accepted into the Counseling program at NOVA Southeastern University was the greatest day of my life. I was on my way to a much greater success by working on my Master. Paying for college out of pocket was a struggle, but I understand that success comes with great sacrifices. However, I wouldn’t really call paying out of pocket for school a sacrifice, but rather an investment in my future and my family. My first semester went marvelous. I was motivated and enthusiastic about the courses. I must admit graduate school is much harder than I imagine, but I manage to make time for studying and ended making A’s in both of my classes, which I didn’t expect less than that. When the summer semester I arrived, I was as excited and motivated as my very first semester, aiming to make nothing less than an A grades. However, unexpectedly my world seemed to have turned upside down in a matter of time. My mother and I decided to take a week to go
Then, out of nowhere, Azusa Pacific University, a small D2 school calls me and tells me they are very interested in me and want me to visit. After telling my uncle of the news, he immediately picked me up from school and drove me out to California, where I would have my first official visit to a university. To most, this was nothing, but to me it was the world. I loved the campus, the people, and the school. Although they were not going to offer me a scholarship, I felt confident that this is where I wanted to go. I applied, got accepted, and planned to begin attending school the following fall.
I had a very unique adjust meant to GCU, I transferred in the Friday before classes started which was on Monday so I didn't have much time to prepare or get myself ready to start at a new school. I transferred in and it clearly was not planned I originally went to Marist College which is in Poughkeepsie, New York. I played softball for Marist which is division one, I loved every second of it. There was something missing being away at school, it made me realize how much I miss my family and how dependent I am on them emotionally. I handle myself very well physical and mentally but emotionally I needed to have my family with me for support.
I graduated eighth grade and entered our local public high school in September of 2013. I was doing well in my classes and excelling in volleyball. In September of 2014, I was hit in the head with a volleyball by my coach which resulted in a severe concussion. I missed the first semester of school and during that time I realized I was not achieving my goals or preparing for college. My family and I had a lengthy discussion and decided it would be best for me to transfer to Bishop Shanahan. After the switch, I realized I was months behind my classmates and I had to self teach all my classes even though I was still healing from my concussion. Even though I struggled, I am proud that I will graduate from Bishop Shanahan ready for college and for
I don’t know where to start. I’ve been at St. Rita School for a whole decade and it felt like way longer. I know all the friends have today because of this school. The teachers have been such an impact n my life since I was three years old. I could never find words to thank them for all that they have done for me. Each and every teacher has made a different impact on my life, such as helping me with my faith to teaching me how to solve for x. It’s amazing to think of how many memories I’ve made here. Ever since I came to St. Rita School I’ve grown in my faith abundantly. All of my teachers have helped me with my faith. I know I will have support going through my high school transitions but it will never be the same
Texas Tech University seemed like a wonderful institution. During my senior year of high school representatives came to my school and I always wanted to go there but during that time due to family issues I wasn’t able to apply but now that I’m given the chance to transfer there I was excited. Texas Tech offered many different scholarships and even for transfer students, also due to the major I want to go in I’ve read many reviews and talked to many people about the pre-medical program and I’ve had nothing but encouragement and excellent feedback. Out of all the universities I’ve looked into to transfer too Texas Tech was the only one who offered me everything that I was looking for from dorms
I received a phone call shortly into my sophomore year of college that my grandfather had a heart attack. I am very close to my grandparents because they helped raise me. My grandparents live four hours away and I was constantly driving to the hospital to see them. My grandfather had to have open heart triple bypass surgery, and I failed my classes for the entire second year. I took the quarter off going into my third year and started back winter quarter. Again, I had no success the next three quarters because I was dealing with depression. Later that year I received the treatment needed to manage depression. In August 2013 I started a medical assisting program and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business, with honors, while working
Evaluating my last 2 years in this college, I have recognized that there is no one to fault but myself for the predicament that I am now in. I fell behind in my classes, did not get help dealing with stress, and did not take accountability for my actions. Although, I was under stressful and unfortunate circumstances- some of which were life-changing, I realize that I should have reached out for help.
Throughout my life, I have always struggled with school. No one thought college was the path for me, let alone a university college campus. With that being said, it didn’t come to a surprise to anyone when I was rejected by the University of Minnesota Duluth at first. However, I wouldn’t let that dissuade me from coming to my dream school. In fact, I became more motivated to prove why I should be allowed to attend the 2014 fall semester. I have been diagnosed with a learning disability, which always made me work ten times harder in school than all my friends. My mother never went to college and my father just barely graduated, so they weren’t much help when it came to school.
I originally started my education at a small high school with a toxic learning environment. I fooled around too much and was too socially involved, because of this, my grades suffered and I wasn’t going anywhere. In grade ten I applied to transfer schools, and when grade 11 came around I was in a new environment. I fully recognize that this was the BEST decision I have ever made (short of applying to UBC!). My new teachers and faculty not only gave me a clean slate, but they supported me in all of my endeavors, and they never seemed to waiver in there certainty that I would succeed. Because of their encouragement I gained confidence in myself. When it was time for me to enter grade twelve, I thought about my career path and resolved that I wanted to become a doctor. I knew that if I applied myself to the fullest, I would get there. Thanks to the support of the entire faculty, I was instilled
While obtaining my undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, I underwent multiple personal and academic hardships. My grandmother from Iran became very ill during my final years of high school, and my family worked tirelessly for three years to bring her to America for better healthcare and quality of life. After finally getting her to America, however, she passed away in our home from a stroke during my sophomore year of undergrad. During the recent recession, my family underwent significant financial turmoil. I proceeded to work 50-60 hours a week as a pharmacy technician to fund my education. After my grandmother’s death, I resigned from my position as a pharmacy tech to focus on my family while doing my best to maintain adequate
It is important to know that college is out of my family’s financial means, and so being here at Saint Mary’s is a blessing and a privilege, which I am responsible for maintaining. I know what it is like to not know how your family is going to pay bills or obtain food for the week. However, my background is not to be pitied, because without it I would not be where I am in life. Through my family’s struggles, I have
It never crossed my mind that both my academic life and the privilege to attend USC would ever be in jeopardy. At first, I believed that my transition from a community college into a 4-year institution would essentially be a walk at the park. Unfortunately, to my dismay, I was wrong. I underestimated the level of work and effort that was required out of me from this university in order to be successful. Instead, I overestimated my abilities and trusted my poor sense of judgement. This mentality consequently stunted my potential to perform at my very best which led to my downfall. As a result, I found myself in a very peculiar situation that I had never been in before nor ever experienced. I found myself at the brink of academic disqualification and on the verge of having my dreams disappear right before my eyes.
My college journey began in July of 2014 as I made the long trip to Eastern Oregon University. I was due to report for volleyball pre-season by August 3rd, so I decided to leave home early to get settled in. But little did I know that this chapter of my life was about to take a major turn in the right direction. After playing high-level club volleyball for most of my life, I decided to join a travel team. I would drive an hour and fifteen minutes three times a week for practice, plus tournaments on the weekends. This type of playing experience would land me a scholarship to play collegiately as I chose to commit Eastern Oregon University. Now, a lot factors went into my decision. First off, it was cheap. My mother raised my brothers and me as a single parent and money was tight. I thought that if I went to a public state school it would be better for her and I in the long run financially. Another factor was that their volleyball team was GOOD. I don’t mean decent, I mean outstanding. They were nationally ranked in the NAIA pre-season poll. How could I pass that opportunity up? Lastly, they had my major. At the time I wanted to become a high school physical education teacher and they had a decent teaching program. In my mind, I was set.
I remember when I first walked through the doors of Sanford Brown College in January of 2011. I was on a journey to do more with myself and my life. I choose Sanford Brown because I always loved working in the medical field. I’ve had many jobs in this field, home attendant, personal care aide and medical assistant. I enjoy helping people who can’t help themselves; it makes me feel like I’m doing a good deed for those in need. My first class was Medical Terminology, I thought I was going to lose my mind, I stated questioning myself why Kim? Why? What have I done? However, as time moved on I started to really enjoy school, my class and my classmates. I started feeling more relaxed and realized