I had great grades in high school, I volunteered many times; both inside and outside of school, I always helped around in my school administration whenever help was needed, and I always dedicated a month of my summer just to help my school give out the school books to students and sell the school uniforms. Doing all those things and being rejected made me feel like I was nothing; like what I did in my school life was all a waste. After taking all of those things into consideration, I still got rejected because of my SAT scores; which is why I genuinely believe that colleges should admit students using criteria other than their SAT scores. “The world might improve if we deliberately and systematically selected students not only for their knowledge and analytical skills, but also for their creative and practical skills – and their wisdom.” (Sternberg, 2010). This quote is something that I truly and deeply
Throughout high school writing papers and essays were very difficult for me, almost every assignment I would seek help from others. Whether it was from my fellow students, family members, or teachers, their advice helped me tremendously. My senior year I took a Creative Writing course, which I believe helped me a lot, because I would struggle to write a paragraph, but now I can put a paper together. Coming into college I knew writing was a major skill to conquer, but I still feel like I can improve a lot yet. Furthermore, my critical reading skills need much improvement, I have no problem reading a passage or book; however, I do have trouble with comprehending what I read.
During high school I thought I was a decent writer because I got A’s on all my papers and I always had an A in my writing or English class, however once I got to college it all changed. I now have realized that writing is one of my worst subjects and I’ve struggled with it ever since writing 101. It is a very big challenge for me to do well in such classes now, but in order for me to well I have to focus harder in writing classes than my other classes. My problem is not that I procrastinate, but that I don 't perform quality papers like I should. At the beginning of this semester, I had a great drive to perform well and make good grades.
This decision primarily shaped me for the future. While here, the class sizes were never more than 20 students, allowing for a close-knit community. The courses offered such as IB Theory of Knowledge involved challenging ones mind and the overall environment involved more heightened language and a higher respect for one another. I also learned the importance of speaking up and making ones voice truly heard. In my sophomore year, the Diosease of Springfield began questioning the financial aspects of rebuilding my school after
Not many people become successful with just a high school education unless they are born into wealth or have good connections. After hearing teachers and other adults preach this over time I started to realize college was a must for me and my situation. My parents told me all along to go to college so I wouldn’t end up like them since they both didn’t have a college education. Even though my parents didn’t have college degrees they still turned out alright but that was a different time period and in those times not many people attended college. Throughout my high school years they always told me that I needed to go to college so I wouldn’t have to go through what they did.
I plan to achieve this by taking more than 12 credit hour classes, and passing them all with B 's or better. In order to pass them, I 've got to study a lot harder, and do every single homework assignment given to me. During my meeting with my advisor, she was explaining to me how the classes I had together weren 't probably the best to take together and that I should see about swtiching them around. That helped me a lot because the less stress I have on my part, the easier it will be for me to get good grades. Another smart goal I have is to achieve at least a 3.5 G.P.A all four years.
Until this past spring I hadn't thought much about what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go for college. One day in the spring the junior class had a meeting in the auditorium about taking our ACT test and college plans. After that meeting I realized I needed a change, getting into college wasn't going to be a breeze, kind of how I had treated high school. Although I always considered myself to be fairly smart, I never had put much effort into school, but after seeing the facts and requirements to get into schools, and especially after hearing Ms. Rice saying "In today's world, the way to a successful future, is choosing college as your future", I knew I had to make an adjustment for the better so that college could be my future. Soon After, I started looking at college websites, looking for where I might want to go.
In the town hall speech I tried my best to overcome this and believe I did a good job. My only regret is that I did not appreciate the material of the class until about halfway through the semester. I allowed myself to get consumed in my chemistry and kinesiology courses and placed my other courses lower on my priority list. Due to this, I will be getting a B+ or A- in the class when I should have gotten an A (you can still give me an A if you want ). Overall, I enjoyed this class and will recommend it to others.
Eventually the girl I sat beside in class started asking me for help to improve her own writing skills which made me feel accomplished. As a freshman, I didn’t really get to choose what classes I had nor did I know how to move my classes around, but for this I am thankful. His class taught me more about reading and writing than any English class I have ever taken. He guided us only as much as he had to, then let us figure it out on our own which has made me a better student. Dr. Laythe went on medical leave during the Spring 2016 semester and after his long battle with cancer he passed on March 12th.
High School vs. College During high school, I did not have to study as hard as I do now that I am in college. Usually, I would be able to study the day before the test and score a hundred percent. Although, occasionally, I would be able to skip a few classes and get the notes from a classmate or of course, resort to guessing. However, now that I am in college, the lectures require much more attentiveness and are more complex: composing more information, meaning that one has to proportion time more responsibly and take an advantage of good study habits. My learning skills have made a complete transformation since I have been in college.