While in High School I dint get much homework, I always had time in class to do my homework and class work. College has twice the amount of work had in high school. Before coming here to WMU I already knew that it was going to take a lot of organization and time management to be successful. In High School, I didn’t have to study for tests, I always used to pay attention in class then go over my notes 20 minutes before and still Pass a test. These last few weeks I have been trying to develop a new studying method, but it’s very different and difficult. The change that am I experiencing isn’t bad, its actually good that I am getting challenged and trying to adapt to being on my own and having a lot of freedom. Another thing that have changed
Summer vacation, and school ends for about three months, and then you have as much fun as you can, then back to school… right? Well I had to go to summer school, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Everything was going fine, I had a job after summer school, and that was going fine as well. They say that summer is supposed to be fun and exciting, and it usually is for me and my family. However in July my father started coughing up blood. My father usually doesn’t make it his top priority to go to the doctors, so he waited about four weeks until he really didn’t feel good.
Although it is a seemingly trivial matter, it was a time in my life where I was away from the support of my family and friends and had to confront this battle myself. Initially, I felt overwhelmed and doomed for failure. The course load was more intense than my high school work and there was a lot of material I never learned that was needed prior for a few of my classes. I struggled to keep pace with some of my other classmates and had to sacrifice a lot of free time and participation in extracurriculars to keep afloat with the material. I thought I had a good grasp on time management, but my new college schedule tested by abilities. As the fall semester progressed, I was gaining confidence and skills in arranging my time in an effective way. Moreover, I was adjusting to the new sense of independence I was giving. Before going away to school, I would run errands and do tasks by myself and felt pretty independent, but I still had the comforts and reassurance of home. At ND, I had to adapt to this new meaning of independence and feeling of uncertainty. I was able to overcome this challenging time in my life by being patient and persevering until I felt more grounded with my
High school is supposed to be a one more step closer to college; it’s supposed to be preparing you for the future right? Wrong. My experience in high school was very different; I never quite fit in with anyone, the “friends” that I thought that I had used me for money. Let’s just say when I was a freshman I had a friend whom I knew from grade school, her name was Meghan Lawrence and she was the kind of person who I really believed I could tell her anything and she would keep it to herself. Once again I was proven wrong, I developed a crush on a boy and she knew that I had a crush on him; one morning before class both he and she went to the corner store, she thought it would be funny to tell him all about my crush, which he tortured me with, playing with my emotions, made me feel like he might actually like me back.
Literacy is defined as the act of reading and writing; both are things that I have struggled with my entire life. Being born in a Mexican household, my first language was Spanish. I could fluently read, write, and speak Spanish, but in first grade everything changed. From having classes in Spanish, I went to having classes in English. Nobody would speak to me in Spanish, read to me in Spanish, or write to me in Spanish. I was living a nightmare. I remember the first week of school being really fun! I had an interpreter for every class, I made friends with this boy named Alex, who also only spoke Spanish, and my mom would eat lunch with me every single day. However as time passed my teacher, Mrs. Bogan, decided it'd be better if I didn't have
These past few days, I learned a lot about myself. One of the things I learned about myself is that I am a, Auditory learner. I didn’t agree at at first and after I read it, I said to myself that ‘’That is totally me’’.It said that as a, auditory learner is a person who listens to ideas and loves to tell jokes and I often like to talk to myself. I have trouble writing, and that was one of my goals for this year to become a better writer. I don’t really read body language because I like to express myself a lot and that is what makes me a better learner in my own way. I am very social, I always come to school with something on my mind that I need to do or fix and I have problems of my own. I guess that’s not very personal because everyone
It was just my luck to be seated in a row chair uncomfortably close to the front. The volume grew, along with the temperature, every second as more students crowded into a classroom, which only had enough space for the population of one class. As the teachers tried to squeeze more people through the doorway, I twisted around in my seat to scan the faces in the room. I sighed internally and slouched down into my seat when I spotted my friends far from my location. I was on my own. I glanced up at the impossibly slow minute hand on the clock. This was going to be a long day.
I'm psyched to begin high school this fall! The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is the freedom I didn't have last year. It's not that big of a deal, but I'll finally get to bring my backpack to class! I'll also get to go wherever for RAISE without having to sign out of our anchored RAISE class like we did in middle school. I'm interested in joining after school clubs like partners club and participating in the school plays! I want to try to do as many activities as I can because I never did much in the last two years. This includes being on the JV field hockey team and trying out for crew! I probably wouldn't have played any sports if my friends didn't encourage me. They're the best! I hope I can make even more who are in different
In the begging of my sophomore year I enrolled in English 10 with Ms. Scharns.
Going forward, I already became accustomed to the high school life and I had settled in… maybe a bit too much. I started my sophomore year confidently and like always I tried my best to earn the grades that would reflect upon me; however, as much as I tried, for the first time I disappointed myself and received a D in the first semester. I solely blame myself for not trying hard enough, but the way the teacher taught was also really confusing and made it worse for me. This teacher just didn’t teach that well and it seemed as if it was her first time although it wasn’t. She didn’t explained the concepts thoroughly enough for her students to understand and I know this because when a different teacher retaught it to me, I completely understood
“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together,” (Penney). Walking into English class in the third or sixth period every day used to be a scary challenge, but now it is slightly less terrifying. In class, I have learned from my mistakes. I grew as a reader, because, before seventh grade, I would almost never read books as a form of entertainment. As a writer, I learned to always edit before I turn in an assignment, and use creative vocabulary. Lastly, as a person, I had to learn how to have more patience when dealing with difficult classmates. Over the course of the year, I have grown as a reader, a writer, and a person good life skills.
There is a point in everyone’s life when they step back and realize “I can’t do this anymore, it’s ruining my life”. Many of my friends have started smoking cigarettes while drinking at a very young age, and continue to use this drug currently and don’t realize the affect it has on their future. While I have been smart enough to avoid smoking, I haven’t been as wise at making decisions when it comes to drinking. The amount of partying I’ve done in college has taken over my life, and has had a huge impact on my grades. Changing my drinking habits and continuing to avoid cigarettes will enable me to be the best I can be for the rest of my college experience.
I always imagined that I would have a typical high school experience, that I would attend classes from 8:30-3:30 five days a week and fill my free time with homework, a job, basketball games. However, the summer before I entered high school, I began a Lupus flare. Although I had been diagnosed and dealing with this disease for numerous years, this flare was unlike others. One day, I had stiff joints, the next I was unable to walk. While my doctors altered my medications many times, the perfect combination was elusive. When August approached, I began my school year homebound so that I could focus all of my efforts on walking. A homebound teacher came to my house and taught me, always leaving homework so that I could stay caught up with my
Boy, I was not ready for this to happen to me! I was in third grade, I had to go to gymnastics practice and I did not know it would be my last one at Gym Sport. I was in the Mets level I had been having some heel problem for a couple of months. Therefore my mom took me into the doctor's office to get it check out, I was not expecting that kind of news.
Have I ever felt powerless in my life? Yes, I have. If something triggers me is when I'm trying to learn, and I'm stuck in front a brick wall that doesn't let me advance. For example, last semester I had the need drop my English class at the beginning of the semester because I wasn't learning; the teacher was smart, but not smart enough to learn how to teach a student correctly. On the other hand, this semester was entirely different. Three helpful things that I learned in my English class was how to write the sentences correctly in an essay, also how to use punctuation the right way, and last, but not least, I expanded my vocabulary. I'm beyond grateful I was taught and guide by Mrs. Richter as my instructor because she was extremely patient