On the bright side, sophomore year 's homework wasn 't as vigorous as senior year. I have found myself not caring too much about my grades this year and missing more school than I ever could have imagined. Although I have faced these struggles, I made better use of my planner when I did miss school. I only used my planner for my senior English class, because it was the class with the most work. Each week, we would take a day to write down our weekly schedule, so even when I missed two weeks of school, I knew what work I missed the day I got back.
I also feared that I would not be able to get into the university I wanted. My parents sacrificed a lot for me so I hope to get a decent job and support them later in the future. Upon seeing the F’s and my low GPA, my mom was disappointed in me because I’ve always tried my best in school; but not this time. In order to bounce back from this fiasco, I retook the class
At first everything was going very well, I was going to class, studying/doing problems everyday, and working;... ... middle of paper ... ... so poor my second semester and I was not able to perform. This fall semester I did, though I had difficulties with CHEM 330. During the spring semester, the reason why I did not contact any school officials was because I honestly did not know that they offered help with health issues. Instead I sought help from Health Services, though I did not receive much help, because I believed that once the health issues were improved, I would be able to improve my academics. This fall semester, I kept in touch with my advisors about my academics, but did not receive counsel on who to contact about the impact my health had on my studies, which I now know was the Office of Student Life.
There are scholarships, grants, and financial aid available to students but that doesn’t help everyone. Students that perform well in high school with grades, attendance, and keep a good GPA seem to get all the money they can for college. From personal experience, I was a good student in high school, had a 3.6 GPA, all A’s and B’s, and perfect attendance throughout all four years of high school. I applied for many scholarships my senior year and received a substantial amount. Along with that, I also applied for financial aid, which helped me out, but still didn’t cover all of the college tuition I had.
Since the school felt I was performing so well on my own in academic classes, they talked my mom and me into doing away with my IEP. Throughout high school, something inside me told me I was better than just an academic student. I wanted to be able to be in honors classes because academic classes were not challenging enough for me. Teachers and other students did not take the academic classes seriously. I asked to be placed in an honors class my junior year; I was told it would be too difficult for me and I would fail.
They wanted us to receive an education they never had since they lived in poverty in Laos. When they arrived in the United States in 1980, their economic situation had not change. They lived in poverty in Oakland, so when it was my time to go to college, they were struggling because I was the 7th child of nine. After high school, I attended College of Alameda, but I dropped my classes after a semester to work two jobs, so I could pay my way through college. I thought that financial aid, Cal Grants, EOPS, and work study would help me through my college career, but they didn’t becaus...
Unlike many people who attended college after they graduated from high school I was not one of them. I chose to be a wife and a mother of two; later after my children were grown and my first marriage was over I realized I needed a change. I decided to attend a community college taking the traditional classroom courses. It was a major struggle for me because I was working full-time and part-time jobs while working on an Associates Degree. What should have taken me only two years to complete it took me four because I was not able to work in all the classes needed to graduated in a two year time period my work crazy hours and take care of my family would not allow it.
However, the experience that I went through between the period of my high school and community college has totally changed my life. I used to living in Oakland and went school there. When I was a freshman in high school, I did not realize how important education is, plus the pressure that added on me from my parents and the environment that surrounds me, I did not wanted to be serious about school at all. My parents always wanted me to take my time to study and telling me the importance of education, but I believed that people can become successful without education. Therefore, under the ordering of my rebellious heart, I started skipping classes and became lazy about school.
I didn’t have a clue of what I wanted to be I believed that college was going to be a waste. Evers nice I enrolled to The Community College of Rhode Island The path to my success has cleared its way, figuring what I want to be after struggling to pick a major. All my life I had to to work twice as hard to get something that most people require minimal effort to attain. In high school, I was known to be an athlete although I wasn’t the best I worked my tail off all four years of high school I won many achievements and accomplished many things. In high school math teacher let me slip by and let me go even if they didn’t believe in my excuses.
While our theatre program could not afford microphones for our school musical and our science classrooms had not received updated textbooks in nearly a decade, the football and volleyball teams were given all new uniforms, even though the old ones were only a year or two old. Our school often spoke of the financial struggles they felt, yet the budgets for sports were never up for debate. Ripley talks about the benefits of high-school sports, and while I cannot deny that it is important to value “exercise, lessons in sportsmanship and perseverance, school spirit, and just plain fun” (3), it’s not worth the sacrifices the schools must make to have sports. That mentality also suggests that playing sports is the only way to gain certain life skills; however, someone might learn about teamwork from being in a play or doing a group project in school. School spirit could be encouraged through pep assemblies.