Before every large payment my Father makes, he looks me in the eyes, credit card in hand, and tells me to study hard. These words may seem to some like he is comparing success to money, but to me, he’s sending a message. In the future, I want to provide for my family the way they have provided for me, meaning if I study hard and produce good grades now, it will produce me a successful career. This past semester, I learned new study skills, kept myself more coordinated, and went the extra mile when it came to studying for tests which is how I earned an “A” in REL101. In order to fully understand my extreme change in study habits and effort in class, I would like to give some background. Last year, I transferred from a community college where I had a 3.95 G.P.A. and joined the honor society. My first semester at Central Michigan University I was distracted by social events, partying, and skipping class on a routine which landed me a 2.2 G.P.A. At this point, I met with a counselor who advised me that I would not be able to continue courses in the College of Business unless my G.P.A. was above a 2.5 by the end of the spring semester. My life changed completely. Since last spring, I was able to get my G.P.A. up to a 3.1 and don’t see myself stopping there. This brings me to my first point about learning new study skills. The Fall 2017 semester I changed my study habits. The first week of REL101 we read an article written by Robert Leamnson. In the article, he explained many
Study skills are used in everyday life. They are the skills you will need to study and learn with. Using skills to study is best for your own personal needs and will help you out a lot throughout life. Study skills are not just used for students. When people develop study skills they find what skills are best for them. It usually comes naturally as you go through school and do homework. From experience, you find what study skills are best for your learning and what skills are not. You also need to practice the skill that works best for you. It is also good to try other study skills because something else might work out better for you. I used to love working in groups but now I would prefer to work alone most of the time. That is because it usually seems like one person is doing most of the work while the other person isn't. This is why study skills are important.
Before the first year of college came around, I realized that I had a lot of leftover money that had to be paid after my scholarships, knowing that my parents had no money to offer I was frightened. I was shaken to the core, I realized that my dream of going to college could all be over in a matter of seconds. Soon, I stepped into the financial aid office with my parents on each side of me and hoping for the worst. I soon found out that I would be eligible to apply for loans, yet I realized that there was still money that wasn’t covered with my loans. The last option was parents loan, and I looked at my parents and without hesitation took the loan. This was my dream and my parents wanted me to strive and took on something that they didn’t have to. I know that I will have to pay them cent by cent, but I know I will be able to do it. My parents were able to help my dream become a reality. I have learned that I do not have to be scared that I need to look forward and be proud of what I have accomplished so far. As my father told me to keep my head held high because I deserve to be in school like everyone else that my money should not make me feel like I shouldn’t be here at
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.
To start I plan on going to post secondary school after high school to get my bachelors degree. I plan on majoring in finance and then becoming a CPA. I am still unsure what I want my minor to be but I’m pretty positive it will be in the business field. There were a lot of different things in my life that made me want to take this path. One of which is the financial situations of my parents. After my parents divorce, it came clear to me how important it is to go to college. My dad who went to college and got his degree has found great success. Whereas to my mother who decided to work after college struggled after the divorce to get everything together. She was changing jobs constantly trying to find one that paid more so she could provide
The night before my first day of college my dad sent me a text that read, “Big day tomorrow. Get up early, sit in the front, and participate. This is your school and education. I am proud of you. You are ready for this. Have a great day and have fun. Love you, dad.” My parents know that me attending college and getting good grades is just the first step to the career I want. I want to become a Nurse Practitioner, and I was able to decide to pursue this career when I had the opportunity to learn about and see different healthcare professions. There are several smaller goals I have to reach first before I am able to reach my main goal, but I have my family encouraging me.
My mother was struggling to pay bills and I put that before my grades, clubs, and overall happiness. She is a single mother of two children and I feel as if it is my obligation to help her, as she has done for my brother and I for our entire lives. I spent much of my time going to work instead of participating in the clubs that I would have liked and focusing more on my classwork. Since it is my senior year, my mother supported me with my decision to take the time off from work and focus more on my grades. It is never too late for improvement, although I do realize how much my true potential is not accurately depicted in my transcripts. Because of this, I have vowed to myself and to my family to become more involved in clubs, dedicate time to studying and becoming successful in college, as I wasn’t able to in high
Both the struggle to adapt to a new learning environment and graduating from a small private Christian high school, which taught me great values, but regrettably did not offer AP chemistry or physics classes, resulted in me not being adequately prepared at the time to excel in these courses, regardless of the amount of time and effort that I spent studying. Furthermore, by changing learning methods and studying intensely, not only did I significantly improve my GPA, but also in time excelled in upper-level science courses like organic chemistry, microbiology, parasitology, biotechnology and biochemistry. To further improve my GPA, after college graduation I decided to take courses in sociology, psychology and retake courses in physics and chemistry. My drastic improvement in school, which started in my sophomore year, allowed me to have an average GPA of 3.75 for the remaining six semesters. Currently, I am planning on taking more courses in the spring not only to continue to improve my GPA, but also to keep
So far I have learned that college is like getting slapped in the face with a big fat “No.” I no longer have the flexibility to attend social events, study, and work in a timely fashion. Between juggling these aspects, my life has been extremely stressful. In an attempt to lower my stress, I kept a journal for the past two weeks; it consisted of my stressors, and how I coped with them. Throughout this journaling process, I have come to the realization that money and my mother are the most agitating stressors in my life. In an attempt to overcome my mother’s financial expectations and obtain financial stability, I have come to the realization that I cannot always impress my mother and should no longer stress myself out trying to do so. Instead of allowing money to be a distraction, I should focus on bettering myself academically, mentally and spiritually.
In the 19th century someone quoted that, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Whoever this person was; He or she was very wise. In 2013, I was going to college for culinary, but decided that it was not for me. Finishing my second quarter, my dad asks me if I wanted to go work with him in North Dakota. Without second guessing it, I told him “Yes.” I had not lived with my dad in six years. Do not get me wrong, he came around once in a while whenever he could, but I didn’t know my dad very well. Moving to North Dakota changed the way I looked at life and has helped guide me to learn my true worth.
The most momentous challenge I’ve faced, has been the task of resurrecting my GPA. I have always been able to simply coast through classes with good grades. However, during the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, I recognized that I could not continue on such a path if I wished to succeed. Unfortunately, by that point my GPA was not the highest I desired it to be. Coming to a conclusion, I deduced, the only way to mend my GPA was by performing well in my studies from then on. However, that was not exactly how my plan was executed. During junior year, I had the intention of earning straight A’s and having at least three extracurricular activities. At the end of the first semester I had 2 extracurricular activities, one
To pay for college, it was vital for me to work two jobs, both in restaurants, 75 hours a week. During the summer I earned all of the amount of money it cost to go to college, but it was still a requirement that I work for my food and rent.” he warned making sure I understood to prepare for college early and understand it is not free. “During the middle of college the hardest part was to stay motivated. This was because at college the teachers didn’t force you to stay in class. Also because you didn’t have parents making you wake up, get ready, and go to school.” He advised me to have a plan mapped out to stay motivated and focused on what is important. “Some advice I would give to people about college is to be ready for when it comes around by saving money early on. It’s also important to remember that nowadays a college degree is important to get a sustainable career. Back when I was in college you could still get a good job without a college degree, but now it is mostly an obligation to be able get a good job.” To sum up, college is a big step to adulthood and it requires an immense amount of preparation and motivation to gain what you need out of
I spent endless days and nights thinking about my future. What was I going to do? Where was I going to go? How was I going to do it? I didn’t know why I was stressing about it since I knew that I really didn’t have to make any permanent decisions until the end of Junior year. I guess the fact that I am a first born in the United States has always influenced me to try and surpass my peers when it came to academics. My goal in life was to make sure I would live the ‘American Dream’, but what I wasn’t aware of was that I was already living that dream thanks to my parents. As I’ve said in this article, I wouldn’t even be here writing this article if it wasn’t for them. I would’ve not had the infinite amount of perseverance, courage, and bravery to be writing this article. At some point in every teenager’s life, including mine, there’s that moment where you just want your parents to leave you alone. Trust me, I’ve been there, but in the end, your parents are always going to be there for you. This year for me involves many college visits and tours, stressing about AP classes, extracurriculars, and finding that one college (but let’s be real here, more like a list of ten), that is perfect for me before applying next fall. I know for a fact that every step of the way there my parents will be with me leading all the way to when I receive my diploma, to dropping me off at my dream
Since I could remember my parents have been working hard to give me the best life they can. Although both of them never finished high school, they have always told me that education should always be my top priority. For many years both of my parents worked but after my little sister was born, my mom devoted herself to taking care of us. It came with positives and negative outcomes. My mom got the chance to help me through my elementary and middle school years with my schoolwork and I always felt like I could count at her at any given moment. But, it hurt our family financially. My dad was the only one working and he got laid off during the recession from his job. Eventually, he found a job, but it didn’t pay as much as his older job. To this day, he is still the only one that works and I thank him for teaching me always be a hard worker and that education is the path to a successful life. It has been hard, especially when you don’t have all the technology that is usually essential when doing schoolwork, but I am glad that I matriculated a way to defeat any of the obstacles that came my way whether it came to schoolwork or in other aspects of my life.
I have been allowed to stretch as much as I could without worrying about the finances but things have changed now. There is a certain limit to which I can leach off of my parents' money, provided things are already tough enough for them and this transitional phase is crucial. To be absolutely honest, I am blessed to have parents like mine, their struggle and dedication in providing us with a quality education is exceptional. So, with all this in my mind, I am aiming to take matters on my own hands and transforming myself into a responsible son, and pursue my higher studies at a more credible place.
While in high school, I always remembered many of my friends becoming agonized by the thought of having to go to a community college. Unlike most of my companions, I decided to stay home and attend a community college as other options were not as feasible. Whilst my time at community college, I noticed that my habits from high school were long gone but still prevalent. My study habits of procrastinating until the very last moment were becoming a vague memory. I suddenly began to learn to say “no” to friends as I had prioritize all academic obligations. Furthermore, while at community college I learned how to never judge anyone. Community college has shown me that there are many people just as ambitious as yourself and are compassionate enough