Being a freshman in college, I set impractical and unrealistic goals for myself. Throughout the year, I had to overcome various obstacles to strive in meeting the goals I had set out for myself. One of my goals during the first year of college was to earn a 4.0 GPA. I thought this would be an easy feat as I was able to academically grow throughout my academic career—excelling from being roughly a 2.6 GPA student to roughly a 4.0 GPA student. One of the biggest obstacles I had to face was taking exams. In high school, I did not need to prepare for exams as much as I do in college. I underestimated my midterms and finals as I did not know that I had to study at least a week ahead of time in order to obtain suitable grades. In high school, I was able to study one or two nights beforehand and still manage to achieve high grades.
The one thing I want to improve this year is my gpa. I want to improve my gpa because I want to make my parents proud. I am also doing it because I can bring it up. And if I keep a good gpa I will be able to keep my honors class and be able to get AP class. The major reason is because if I have a good gpa I will be able to go to college. I am also doing it because I want to better myself. The final reason why I want a good gpa is because I want to graduate with honors. Also because if I move it will be easier to get in a better
I have had a plethora of unique life experiences, many of which have happened in the last couple years of my life. In the past three years I have traveled to Guatemala, all over Germany, and Hawaii. During the summer of my freshman year of High School, I went on a missions trip to Guatemala. My church took 10 boys, and 10 girls; we spent a total of a week in a small impoverished town called . I believe that this trip allowed me, for the first time, to see, and be enveloped in a new culture. During the trip I ate new foods, played new games, and learned about the Guatemalan culture. I was able to spend time with all of the local kids, and learn how to respect a new culture. Then, this last summer, I was able to take a part in a German Exchange program with my school. After taking 3 years of German in High School, I was one of twenty people selected to go on a three-week long exchange program in Germany. The trip consisted of a week traveling with the 20 people chosen to go. The other two weeks were spent living with my host family and German partner. During my stay there I visited Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and traveled to the Netherlands. This was another chance for me to experience a new culture, and to further my German speaking skills. However, more importantly, it allowed me to make lifelong friends in another part of the world. About a month after I got back from Germany, my family went on a 12 day vacation to Hawaii. During my time there I had the opportunity to do a
Throughout each school year I try to push myself to learn more in every class. I have managed to be in the top 10% of my graduating class due to my hard work in school. My GPA, 98.34% at the end of quarter two, is something that I have maintained because of my eagerness to learn and better myself. I find it fun to learn new things, and to try new things. This year I have tried my best to push myself, taking two Advanced Placement courses and two other weighted classes.
To begin with, I can work on staying in the classroom, I don’t mean that physically, I mean try not to wander off into my own world. Just trying to stay focused on the topic in class. I will try to be more interactive with the subject. Doing that will help me concentrate in class. The next step to work on is getting assignments in on time throughout the whole year. Usually in the beginning of the year I get everything done and turned in on time, but towards the end of the year I slowly start to turn in assignments late, and they are not my best work. Perhaps I could start assignments right away, when I am first given them, because in the past I sometimes started on assignments really late and that's the reason I wouldn't do my best work on them. I could turn assignments in before they are due, or set my own due date so that I can get work in on time and I am submitting my best work. One last thing I would like to work on is actually studying for tests before I take them. Tests are a tremendous part of a grade and I think that for many times I almost failed a class, it was because I didn't pass a test, or didn't want to take the time to retake it. So, this will be something I can work to head on the path of graduating with a
My current GPA is a 3.9/4.0. This is something that I have worked tremendously hard for through late nights of studying, focus, determination, and not to mention being substantially younger than most students in my major. I have always strived to give a 110% effort into all of my academic endeavors. My most effective strategy to date is to write things down. I, like many others, am a successful visual learner. Physically writing things down on paper is the most efficient way for me to stay on top of what needs to be done. Another prominent strategy that contributes to my success is to avoid procrastination. When I have a deadline that needs to be met, I find that setting smaller deadlines for myself in advance is my best tactic. In return, all of the work does not pile up the night before the assignment is due. An additional strategy that I continually use, is keeping my goals close sight. I am continually making smart choices that will benefit me the near future. My top strategy would be effective communication. To communicate effectively with others is essential for succeeding at anything in life. With three years of undergraduate studies in a nationally-accredited program, 100+ hours clinical observation through a Directed Individual study, a mission trip, and at FSU’s speech and hearing clinic, and personal experience on my behalf, I believe that I have
To achieve this success for next year and the rest of this year I will need to put school first over everything. I’ve had problems over the years with not doing homework and putting other things first before school. After that, I will have to try harder than I have the past two and a half years. As a freshman and sophomore I did not really care about grades as much. I didn’t care to get C’s. I didn’t realize how important grades can actually be. If they determine whether you or the other person who got better grades should be accepted into a college or get the job you wanted.
For every change within a society, personal changes with “self” must happen. These social changes are important to people while, people who don’t benefit from it think changes within the self isn’t important for social changes. Personal change is a journey a person takes of discovering something within themselves and acting upon a social change. That social change is society evolving to better ways. Jane Goodall talks about her experience in a moment of truth with self being absent in a moment of need in her writing titled In the Forest of Gombe, where she spends a few weeks in the forest following chimpanzees has helped her cope with her grief of her husband. She comes to the realization that her “self” was nonexistent and everyone in
My first collegiate academic goal is: I will earn at least an 80 percent on my first biology and statistics exams. Being that I truly love both math and science, receiving superb grades on my first exam for these two are extremely important to me because they are hand-and-hand at placing for the second hardest classes thus far in college (in my personal opinion). Achieving this enabling goal would motivate me to strive for higher grades in the near future, helping me believe that I could do much better in order to attain a great GPA, so that I could get into medical school after receiving my undergraduate degree. Practicing my study habits will construct the permanent foundation of how I progress as a college student. How will I do so? The first action step that will be made to reach this goal is to sit in the front of the classroom. I get easily distracted, so sitting in the front of the classroom, especially one with 254 students, will not only decrease the chances of me getting distracted, but will ensure that the information has properly been withheld. Also, recording lectures to review later and rewriting notes are great methods that will definitely be beneficial to me when studying for exams. Next, if there is not enough time to meet up with the professor, I will sign up for various tutoring/office-hour sessions to review homework and basic concepts that are needed to pass the exams with a guaranteed good grade. On this journey called life, I continue to learn more and
The journal entry for this week will focus on life changes. Change is a fact of life that is happening around us all the time in every aspect of our lives (Lamberton & Minor, 2014). Personally, there have been many changes in my life over the last few years. Some changes have been positive and some have been negative. These changes have impacted my life by increasing my stress level at home and work.
One area that has really helped me in my ability to reach my goal would be academics. Throughout high school, I have taken more difficult courses in an effort to not only learn to my best ability, but to challenge myself as well. Most of my classes are AP classes and dual credit classes. This increased exertion has been well worth it; I have been able to learn in great detail which is far more advanced that my other peers who may not be enrolled in these types of classes.
Change is when something goes from normal to abnormal, but eventually the abnormal becomes normal again once you get used to it. For example, just as you get into the swing of your classes they are over or you actually start to like Baker food and then they change the recipes. Everyday something changes in your life, sometimes these changes are minimal, but in some way they impact you.
In my life, I have been exposed to a challenge called change. Change can occur in many different ways and is dealt with in many different ways. I have come to the awareness that change can be the deepest of all things. I always thought that change occurred when you moved to a state or when you lost someone real close to you. Those are a challenge to change, yes, but change doesn’t have to occur over a climactic incident. It can just appear overnight when your brain winds up when it’s time to do something different. Even with friends that you used to have and know that move on. For example, most of my friends from elementary school, I don’t even talk to them anymore.
She held out her hand out in front of me; her hand contained four different coins. One was copper colored, the rest were silver. They all differed in size. These foreign objects were placed in my hand one by one, each followed by a description.