When I first came to college, I did not have a solid idea of what the experience would be like, but I was excited for this new chapter in my life. I enrolled in courses I though I would excel in but a couple of weeks into the quarter, I felt unprepared for the fast-paced courses that I seemed to be struggling in but that my peers seem to of been excelling in. Early on this cause me some hardships suddenly I did not feel that I was as smart or accomplished as they were. As a result of this my grades in my courses suffered early on. As time progressed, I became friends with a group of people who were also in my similar situation, they were first-generation college students, students, this great support network of students allowed me to gain more confidence in my academic ability and with the help of my lab work, I began to see that I could excel in college.
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.
My transition to college was successful, but it was nonetheless one of the most stressful times in my life. Unlike many of my peers at Saint Louis University, my rural high school experience did not truly prepare me for the academic rigors of college. Despite extensive preparation, I performed rather poorly on the first round of exams. While I didn’t fail any particular exam, my performance was seriously lacking. I knew that getting C’s on exams would not serve me well in the pursuit of my dream of becoming a physician. I remember feeling, for the first time in my life, that I was unintelligent and incompetent. I was also heavily fatigued from the excessive hours of studying, which I felt were necessary to reconcile the problem. I managed to
There have been many lessons taken from failures in my life that have shaped me into the person I am today, but none as big as big as the one that I am going to share right now. In middle school, everything came easily to me. I never had to study or do any extra work to be successful, all I had to do to get an A in my classes was do the homework. I easily coasted through middle school with straight A’s and one or two B’s. Then, when my freshman year approached, I didn’t think much of it and I thought that coasting would end up working for me. But that wasn’t the case. During the first quarter of school, I only did the minimum work required and it really affected my GPA negatively. I got more B’s than A’s and my GPA was very low compared to
Throughout my high school academic experience, I have always had determination. Since my freshmen year, I have demonstrates efficiency in my classes. I commenced my sophomore year as a new student, studying for the first time in the New York educational system, as I arrived from my native country; the Dominican Republic. Despite of my insufficient knowledge of English, I was tremendously concerned about obtaining excellent grades. Throughout my sophomore year, I adapted myself to the transition. Successfully achieved a Silver Honor Roll during the second semester of the school year 2013-2014. In the course of my junior year, I were becoming more proficient in my school work. I entirely dedicated myself to give my highest endeavor in order
During my early education, meaning elementary school and middle school, I was a very average student. I gave an average amount of effort to my grades, and I received above average results. This did not bother me, until the end of my 8th-grade year. At this point in the year, I was filling out what classes I desired to take the following year, my freshman year. I realized that from this point forward, I had to take my education much more serious, in order to get accepted to whichever college I desired. therefore, when planning my classes, I decided to challenge myself more than I ever have in the past, and take multiple honors courses. I assumed because of my grades, that I had what it took to be an honors-level student, but I was very wrong. One teacher, Mrs. Johnson, made me realize the kind of effort, time and energy needed to be devoted to my education.
I thought that if I didn’t succeed in the beginning of my high school journey, there was no way I’d make it toward the end. However, that same summer, my academic worries would soon take a turn for the worse when my mother announced we were moving and I’d have to transfer
My first year of college was rough to say the least. I let my grade point average fall as low as a 1.79. I was embarrassed and disappointed that I let this happen. I did not succeed to the expectations of not only myself, but also my school and financial aid. I never knew how to efficiently study, but when I realized that college was not as easy as I expected it to be I basically taught myself study tricks that worked best for me. I was never a straight A student, but at this point in my life I had never worked harder for anything or wanted anything as bad as I wanted to succeed. Once I learned more efficient ways to study I kicked it into high gear. Since then I have successfully brought my grade point
Coming to college I expected to continue to excel in my courses. I had previously taken several college in the high school classes and done well in them, therefore, I assumed life in college would be no different. However, I did not realize that doing well was much easier said than done. In my first quarter at UW, I struggled to maintain a positive attitude. I was accustomed to things coming easy to me and when I began to struggle in my classes, I became discouraged. My first quarter at the University of Washington I did not get on the Dean’s List, in fact, I did terribly. This only motivated me to work much more. The Winter Quarter of my freshman year I took on more credits and challenged myself – I have never been one to shy away from a challenge.
I still remember the look on the dean 's face, Dr. Charles Lee, as he stood up and took a bow just after my medical degree was bestowed upon me. After years and years of work, and applying to medical school after school, I finally had it. There was nothing better. If only my friend was still alive I could 've helped her then, but I know at the very least she’d be proud. Now I could help other women just like her, the ones too embarrassed to go to a male doctor.
Despite the beliefs of many of my peers, my path towards educational success has not been easy. I was a straight A perfectionist in junior high, but when I first started high school I hung out with the wrong people, the bad crowd, and let everything I had fall apart. Negative thoughts started consume my mind, and I began to believe them, thinking I was a failure and would never be able to reach my dreams because they were 'outrageously high'.
Many individuals expect life to be easy for everyone. I believe that some individuals have more obstacles in life than others. The reason I believe so, is because I had to deal with certain issues throughout high school that I know some people deal with on a daily basis and some people don 't have to go through it at all. I come from a different family culture and things are very different when someone lives in the United States and has a culture that is completely different than the American culture. The laws here states that child abuse is illegal and not acceptable. I believe that happens to be true. My parents, well my mom, did not believe so. I dealt with many beatings throughout my high school career but decided to ignore it and continue with my daily life. I then decided to tell an
My journey as a student has always been focused on the path to college and success. Before I even set foot in kindergarten my mother, a college dropout, always told me that “honor roll wasn’t an option” and that I would be attending college in the future and achieving a degree. Most of the time I made these requirements. Most of the time I was awarded honor roll or had a newly edited list of colleges to attend, but sometimes life got in the way of my dreams of achieving success.