After I went to SMYSP, I knew I wanted to be there--my big problem was that I did not think I was good enough. No one in my family even has a high school diploma. At first I was going to just settle for a junior college, but with the pushing of my pals from Stanford, I decided not to sell myself short. I really had no confidence in myself. I did not feel so smart.
I don’t want to go to law school because I cannot stand the unfairness or because my family expects me to do so. This is something that I’ve been wanting for myself because I know that I can excel no matter what obstacle gets in my way. I’m not perfect, but I’ve gone long ways and I will keep working my way up. My legal education will not be based on theories in which I’ll be confused in applying to life. I know exactly what I want and how to use my law school education and I’m ready to begin.
Running head: SETTING MY SIGHTS Setting My Sights Only three short weeks ago, I was presented with the opportunity to attend school at the University of Phoenix in order to complete my degree. While I was certain that continuing school was one of my goals, I was not sure if now was the best time. Despite my wavering feelings, I made the choice to proceed. Still, while making the decision to begin attending college, I never really considered my lifetime goals as they pertained to education. While I was set on the most obvious goal of finishing college and graduating with a degree, it still felt unsettling to begin college in general.
I will be the first of my family for many generations to graduate college. I almost suffered the same fate as my current and past family members in not realizing my dreams. I regret the time that it took me to realize that I longed for more out of life but somehow it put my determination into overdrive. I have both the want and the need to achieve a higher education. As I have mentioned before, even though earning my desired degrees and desired grade point average will take me a while I have the drive to do so.
Throughout my experience in the link I have learned to appreciate any help I received. When I entered College for the first time, I wanted to know how it feels to have to think critically, and to be an independent student. I wanted to know what the true meaning of “working hard” actually meant. In high school I passed without attending my classes, but I knew it won’t be the same in college. I was ready to challenge myself to be on top of my game and get straight A’s.
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.
Taking the further step towards my education was very important to me. I knew if I hadn 't taken the decision to go to college, I wouldn 't be prepared for my future, and that really changed the way I perceived education. Although I had the option to go to college, I was fully convinced by my parents. They were the ones who prepared me for college and told me why it was so important to have a good education. Without their convincing support, I wouldn 't have known the important value of bettering yourself with education.
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.
The community participation that has changed my life for the better is being apart of The Accelerated College Education (ACE) program at American River College. Being apart of this program has given me a push and motivation to finish and succeed in school. Before I started in the American River College ACE program, college success was not always a part of my college career. I have been and will always consider myself a part of the ACE program community in which I have participated in for the past two years. Unfortunately, I am no longer among the rest of my cohort classmates that have been a part of this amazing community.
I decided to go to college because although I knew I should continue my education, I never realized how important it was for my future and well-being to have that knowledge and use it to better use. Although I may not come from wealth and will have to work twice as hard as the rest, I believe that as long as I remain