Grades are one of the most important factors of my high school career. My grade point average and my SAT's determine what college I go to. They determine my effort at high school. I must do whatever possible to keep my grade point average above 3.0. My GPA currently is ok, but if I could increase it by just .2 I would be much better off.
A dream of mine has always been to be the first in my family to go to college and receive a degree. In order to succeed, I knew I had to learn to manage my disability. Even though, it takes me longer to prepare for school I have found methods to help me succeed. I listen to alternative music to block out distracting noises, and organize my work by prioritizing and using color-coded folders for each subject. A week before major exams, I start preparing by studying and mapping out my time, making this typically stressful week more manageable.
Even doe you have your life well planned you never know how is going to end up. That is why, never mind which way I decide to go for life that I will always desire to have all the people around me and me happy. Each year at university I reconsider how I will like my life to be. Each year I am more conscious of putting effort on my courses, having good grades and doing internships where I can take the most of it. All the previous aspects mentioned are the ones that the majority of parents would expect from their children to do at University.
Not only am I in college now but I plan on earning two degrees. The opportunity to be able to do what I love everyday can only be achieved through education. I want to advance my life and help out others at the same time. I believe people learn just how important education is in different ways. It took me a six year break from college to understand that not only did I need an education to advance further in life but I also craved the learning experience.
Some are long term, but I can still use the SMART goal process in order to achieve them. The SMART steps to follow are: Specific Measurable Achievable/Attainable Realistic Time bound Starting with my academic goal of making it into the Honor Society, the first step of accomplishing this using the SMART system would be to specify my exact goal. For me, I feel it will be the earn an A in the 6 classes that I take. The next step for this goal would be to make it measurable. This would be done be checking my progress every week, in each class I take to make sure that I am making acceptable grades in order to obtain the A, in the class.
Through my first semester in college, I have learned a great deal about myself and what is expected of me. If I were granted the ability to restart my semester I would adjust my time management, study skills, and patience. I believe that if I started this term with a greater amount of these characteristics that I would have done immensely better.
These are the same classes that you took to get into college. Yet you must spend two years and thousands of dollars to take those same classes all over again. Regardless of your major and job field that you want to go into, you must retake math, science, history, English, foreign language, and physical education. Not only must you spend your valuable time taking these classes again, you must also spend your money. Depending on your major and job field, many of these things you learn in these classes, you will not use ever again.
It is impressive where taking a chance can lead. Only a year ago I was doing my best to get through the college application process As much as I heard about how classes in college would be different from high school, it was still an adjustment. I did well academically during the first semester, completing it with a 3.4 GPA. Yet I know I could have done better still, and that I can do better this semester as well. The first round of tests will begin next week, and after getting a glimpse over the last few weeks I know it is within my reach to make an ‘A’ in each of the courses I am taking.
The one word that would describe myself would be the word “futuristic”. For as long as I could remember I would always plan my life ahead and set goals that would lead to having the successful future I’ve always planned to have. Through out my high school years, however, I thought less about the future and wasn’t as motivated to work hard for it as I should have. Senior year was a such wake up call for me because I was applying to colleges and worried about the whole process. I received my first letter and it was a letter of rejection.
This awareness of value in finishing college would motivate me to want to go back to school. Soon I would find myself at American River College counseling center. Here I was coming back to school unsure of myself and in an environment where I previously never found success in school. After meeting with my counselor I was recommended to take a college success course. This course is part of a program called the Accelerated College Education (ACE).