I was ready to challenge myself to be on top of my game and get straight A’s. Now that the semester has ended I have realized the challenge to get straight A’s was a lot harder than I thought. I wasn’t used to not receiving a great deal of help when I needed it, I thought being independent and thinking for my-self would be trouble-free. However, college has taught me to grow up, and to stop comparing college to high school. My first class in my link was sociology, initially I wanted to take psychology, but I still wanted to learn the sociological aspect to define people’s actions.
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.
My very first semester of college; how nerveracking but exhilarating. I felt that I was ready although I was worried that I wouldn’t like my professors. One of my roommates and close friend from highschool, Sarah, pointed out my World Civilizations class. She assured me that I would enjoy the class but also learn a lot from the professor, Dr. Joseph Laythe. Not only did he do a great job of teaching History, but he made me focus on how to become a better reader and writer.
However, I still have ways to go before I 'm a great college student, my goal is to have a 3.5 GRP which is pretty tough especially when it comes to Chemistry. I want to improve my grades so this means going to more tutoring and more SI’s when I can, and following the 3 hours for every credit hour rule. Dedicating a portion of my day for studying everyday definitely helps, and it 's reflected on my tests. I have learned so much in just one short semester, and I feel that I have grown up so much. I 've learned that the bus drivers are ruthless when it comes to making their times and will run you over and not look back.
Sitting in first period on the first day of my junior year, the teacher is giving the class a lecture on the real world outside of high school he explained that you have to actually put forth effort to achieve something that you desire. In the past year of high school, I put forth hardly any effort, still managing to pass, but not happy with the grades and realizing that what this teacher was saying might be true. After the first day of junior year I began to apply myself and one year later, sitting in all college classes preparing to achieve these goals once again made me realize this was the academic turning point in my life. Since first grade, school had always come easy to me, but as high school started to progress, it became harder and
I have always wanted to make good grades but I never really set any goals but, then I realized that setting academic goals are way more important than people realize . I then started to set goals like my sophomore year of high school after I did that it really helped me focus on my future and what I wanted for myself. My goals I think pushed me so much more academically they opened my eyes a little bit more. One Goal I set was to graduate High school with a Core 40 diploma, which I did, so that is one goal down and a bunch more to go. My senior year I started applying to college but my main goal was to make into Saint Mary-of-the Woods and when I received my acceptance letter I was ecstatic.
Not only am I the first to go to college in my family but I was also four years rusty of being in an educational environment at the time of my enrollment. Once I started class though, I could tell right away that it would be the same as high school, possibly worse. The first few weeks were relatively simple. In the beginning all the lessons pertained to were introductions of classmates, professors, and
Last semester was a wake up call. I thought I would do exceptionally well like always in high school, but I was sadly mistaken. Last semester was my transition semester. I can now say that last semester has by far been the hardest and most challenging semester of my life, and I just barley survived. I just narrowly passed my math and science classes, but upon a tremendous amount of reflection over the Christmas break of my academic challenges and achievements I know what I did wrong, and now know how to fix my mistakes, and I am now in the current phase of bettering myself as a student.
A recent failure that has changed how I go about my daily life is one that many college freshman experience in their first year. In high school I was a very good student, but I did not have to put in a lot of effort to get the grades that I wanted. I would joke with my friends and say that high school taught me how to put in the least amount of effort, and still get the maximum result. All of my teachers told me, as they did every student, that college was going to be different and if you do not put in more effort it would be very difficult. I knew this coming into school, but I am not sure if part of me wanted to prove people wrong, or if I actually was just adjusting to college life.
This experience will prove to be very effective in college as well as in my future job. These skills will improve my understanding of how to correctly elaborate my writing in any future writing assignment. The need to improve these skills is very necessary, because they are in a way the foundation of the common core standards and in another way the application of these skills will be the key to meet the minimal requirements. This quarter would have proven to be very difficult, if I had not gained the experience in my last year english class, due to the fact that, I had not received a proper english class since 4th grade. However, even though I do not entirely remember my 4th grade english class the skills I obtained were also very critical to my understanding of english and how to apply this knowledge in my idea.