For as long as I can remember, it has always been my goal to be able to receive a college education. Only a few of my family members have ever graduated high school, much less be able to have the chance to go to college before me. So I decided that I was going to be the one to make a change in my family and be the first to go to college. So I worked as hard as I possibly could in school in order to be able to have the opportunity to be able to attend college, and I proudly succeeded in achieving my goal. Not only was I accepted into Colorado State University, but I was also accepted into their Chemical and Biological engineering program. But as I recently realized, being an engineer is not what I was meant to do.
When I graduated high school, my brother gave me a card that read, “Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, it became a butterfly.” At the time, I had gone through my fair share of hardships through typical friendship fallouts, family illness, and more; however, that quote carried me through my first year at the University of Northern Iowa.
When people are younger everyone always ask what do you want to be when you are older? Of course when it is children everyone is filled with wonder about their answer whether it’s a model, astronaut, race car driver, etc. Now that I’m older it’s expected for me to know exactly what to do with my life and how to do it. I realized very soon that I sometimes can be an indecisive person when it comes to life-long decisions. This being a huge decision in one’s life you could only imagine how many times I’ve changed my idea on what to go to school for. Although, changing my mind become a norm, I eventually decided a degree in business/marketing is the right path for me. What are my career and educational goals, what will my job would be like, and
Since I can remember, my family has reminded me that I can become whoever I want to become. Never did I think any different throughout my grade school and high school years. Teachers and administrations, alike, reiterated the possibilities that my family had instilled in me. Graduating high school a semester early, I believed all that I had been told. It was not until mass tragedy struck that I began to question if I could really become whoever I dared to become. In essence, society has and continues to shape my perception of what my future really can become.
Death is certainly one of the most sensitive topics to discuss. With advancement in technology and medicine, death seems to be slightly delayed and life prolonged; some are lucky enough to temporarily evade death and survive naturally fatal accidents. But this raises a certain question: what if a person wanted to die?
My senior year of high school I decided to opt out of playing sports so I could focus on weight lifting. Everyday after school, my friend and I would drive to the nearest gym and workout intensely from about an hour to an hour and a half. When I first arrived on the Notre Dame campus, I thought that my weight lifting lifestyle would be too difficult to maintain. Not only did the university give me a chance to continue this routine, but it also helped me discover what other parts of my life need improvement and implement habits to improve my overall well-being.
There were many decisions that I had to make while in school, some were good and some were bad, but I could not let the bad ones overweight my good ones. I was at Mountain Pointe High School for four year and I was the first generation of my family to complete and to graduate from high school. High school was a time in my live where I found out who my true friends are and experienced some of the most memorable events. There were times when I thought I was not going to make it and not be able to graduate with my class, but with hard work and dedication could achieve my four-year goal that made me who I am today.
All my life I was only good at one thing: school. I took my education very seriously. I studied every opportunity I got. I always did my homework, got my work done on time, tried to be the best --at one point I may have been. You see, I was always on the honor roll, a straight A student. I received valedictorian in middle school and continued to succeed academically in high school. But, it wasn’t until my junior year in high school that my perfect record would slip. I just transferred into a school that was renowned for being rigorous and fast pace. After the first month of attendance, I had yet to adjust to this new environment. My grades started to slip no matter how much I tried. I started to become the student I never wanted to be, the one who had to work extra hard just to maintain a B average. There was a point when I came to the conclusion that I would transfer back to my previous school. I decided that taking college and high school class simultaneously was not for me.
Experiencing hard times is something that human beings endure at some point in their life: Death being one of them. Death affects everyone, whether it is a family member, a close friend, or even a pet, losing someone or something is still a hardship that is never easy to encounter. Gustave Flaubert said, “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies”. I could not agree more with this quote. Dealing with the loss of a friend so close to you, takes a part of you away as well. No parent should ever have to bury his or her own child and no thirteen year old should have to face such a loss at a young age, however, on April 21, 2011, my whole life changed.
Influences in My Life The most influential people in my life were my mother, my father, and my uncle. According to Frome and Eccles (1998) parents go about as anticipation socializers, influencing their children 's self and errand discernments. This shows how important as child is to the parents as well as the parents to the child. Some parents like my own go hoping that their socialization with others influences the child and any task I would partake, as a child your first influences are those around you.