One takes to college with them more knowledge on what it takes to be successful and having the idea that the future was right around the corner. I was putting in less effort to make an A on every assignment and test. It makes significant difference just paying attention in class as opposed to talking to friends or playing on a phone. Half way through my junior year I became good friends with a guy named Nick Barrera. Having a mom that is a teacher he had very high standards for himself making all A’s in honors classes.
This fall semester I was taking Genetics, Thermodynamics, Moral Ethics, Introduction to Public Health, and Psychology of Race, Class, and Gender. Due to illness, my second semester put me in academic probation and after talking to Dean Rome I was recommended to drop Genetics and concentrate on my other four classes. I performed very well in all my classes but Thermodynamics, which I had trouble with. I believed I would receive at least a C but unfortunately received an NC. I took CHEM 330 with Professor Stratt, which I later discovered has very difficult exams, and to make matters more difficult, my class, was majorly freshmen that had taken AP Chemistry and scored the highest scores on exams than any other class.
Narrative Essay Since I was in middle school I always was on honor roll, and I would dream about going to college. Once I got to my senior year of high school my dreams were starting to become my worst nightmare. I always thought that my final year of high school was supposed to be fun and enjoy the last few months I had left with friends until we graduate. During my final year of high school it was not fun and dandy like the High School Musical movies. I endured trauma of taking the ACT nine times and almost not being accepted into college.
High school seniors are usually seventeen, eighteen or even nineteen when they graduate and advance on to college. That is about thirteen years of school with a three month break in between each grade. I do not believe that is enough time for your brain to recharge, especially when transitioning into a completely new and advanced learning environment. Its proven that going into new environ... ... middle of paper ... ... the odd one out because you would be a year behind them. Universities usually accept people right out of high school.
When you take on a job, that job is to be made to work around your school schedule. There were many days I needed to stay after school for a test retake or just for some help. I thought that because I had a job now I couldn’t put my school first. I made this mistake many time. I took a Chemistry unit test and did not do so good on the test, the teacher had retakes the next following days after school.
I tried twice and did not meet the score requirement. I talked to my advisor and she said Ohio Dominican allows students to take two math courses passing with a B or higher in place of the math Praxis test. You can either take the test a third time or take two math courses. I chose the second option, because I had a feeling I was not going to pass it the third time, even though I was super close the second time! I was nervous that I would be taking two more college level math courses, but it was the best option for me.
I realize that “entertain a thought without accepting it” is the reason why I am still on the quest of higher education in the U.S. Dating back to the age of 16, I really enjoyed my first two years in high school. During that period, I was looking forward to attending classes every day and listening to teachers talking about everything that was fresh to me. However, the last year of high school was no longer attractive to me. I was overwhelmed with quizzes and tests, which gradually became boring to me.
There is, however, a few days in the semester that I actually study—in fact I studied hard during those days. I wanted to get good grade; I didn’t want to lose to anyone in any subject. Few years later, I was 18 years old at the time. As a senior in middle school, I had only one goal—going to the best university in my country. It was important that I go to a good university or I won’t be able to get a good job when I graduated.
In the beginning I was very nervous that I would never understand the way elementary math is now taught, but after weeks of learning more about it I feel much better. I would like to voice my opinion to the president of William Penn because I believe that this class needs to be two semesters long instead of one. I am not saying that I am the smartest person, but I am an “A” student and this class has been by far the hardest I have had to take out of five college semesters. Since the common core continues to change, it important as future teachers that we know everything there is to know about the curriculum because if we cannot teach it, what good are we as teachers.
Growing up teachers always talked about how they were “preparing” you for the next grade, in elementary they were getting you ready for middle school, in middle school it was for high school and in highschool it was for college. However, I never really understood what they meant until I arrived in college. College was a complete 180°, I was not prepared for my first semester of college at all. The first couple of weeks were pretty rough, it was hard to adjust being away from my friends and family being in a total new environment living with a complete stranger. However I was able to adjust eventually, and I even made some friends along the way.