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Getting into College and Taking the ACT

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Until this past spring I hadn't thought much about what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go for college. One day in the spring the junior class had a meeting in the auditorium about taking our ACT test and college plans. After that meeting I realized I needed a change, getting into college wasn't going to be a breeze, kind of how I had treated high school. Although I always considered myself to be fairly smart, I never had put much effort into school, but after seeing the facts and requirements to get into schools, and especially after hearing Ms. Rice saying "In today's world, the way to a successful future, is choosing college as your future", I knew I had to make an adjustment for the better so that college could be my future.

Soon After, I started looking at college websites, looking for where I might want to go. The more I researched the more I realized my grades I had recieved from my slacking were going to hurt me. Most colleges required either good grades or a good standardized test score, some both. I hadn't taken my ACT yet but my grades were not so great. I started thinking maybe my future was at the local community college, but I wanted bigger and better things, I wanted a career in the medical feild. I thought to myself that maybe the ACT was a good way to improve my chances.

The spring testing date for the ACT was coming up and I decided to schedule mine so that if I were disappointed with my score I could take the test again in the fall. While scheduling my test, the website said for additional preparation I could order an ACT study booklet, needing all the help I could get I checked that I wanted the study booklet. A few days passed and then I recieved the study booklet in the mail. It was a thick booklet ...

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...I didn't just achieve it but I overachieved my goal!

In all honesty I give the credit for my score to Ms. Rice from the career center at school for having the ACT and college meeting in the spring. Without that meeting that day at school, I would have never put thought into what it takes to be a hard working student and what it takes to achieve an academic goal. I needed to make a change for the better and I did. I am a lot more motivated to do well in school now and have even decided that I want to go to school and major in pre-med and eventually become an anesthesiologist as my first choice, general practitioner as a second choice. I learned that it is never too late to make a change, I know that my late change in academic behavior will hurt my chances to get into a good college, but I now have the drive and the knowledge to get things done and achieve my goal.
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