I took extra credits in Spring 2015, as well as 19 credits in Fall 2015. During the summer I took two courses in order to graduate a semester early and be done with AIC after my senior soccer season. I also took the LSAT in June 2015, as well as October 2015, in order to be able to apply to law school during my last semester of college. All of this was on top of being a college athlete and working during school. To many 21 year olds, these responsibilities would be too much to handle in such a short time, but I loved all the stress that came with it.
When I received my diploma from Elkin High School on the evening of June 12th, 2015, I soon realized this would be the best day of my life. Looking back, I would have never imagined how much hard work and effort led up to that night. Since the beginning of my senior year, I had set several goals I wanted to accomplish before graduation. Those goals included graduating with honors, being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society for the second year, being inducted into National Honor Society, and being inducted into the Music Honor Society. Another goal I had going into my senior year, I wanted to be able to do an internship in the Labor and Delivery department at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
As I departed Saint Vincent College on May 5th, 2016, en route to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, a bittersweet feeling encompassed me. I had just finished my freshman year on a strong note, attaining high grades and participating in a plenitude of clubs and activities. Moreover, I bonded well with my roommates, Thomas Fitzsimmons and Michael Sterling (yes, I was in the famous triple), and I met an incredible group of friends who support each other to this day. At the same time, I was ready to be home with my family and enjoy the summer break. Little did I know, however, that my time away from school would drastically impact my life and push me to reconsider my future.
I hoped the greatest challenges I would face were midterms and finals. I did not expect the great amount of loss I would experience which began the summer before my Freshman year. I had a bright start, I was looking forward to being a cheerleader at UMHB. I made lots of friends and I was able to go see my boyfriend whenever I wanted - what could go wrong? Sadly, a lot happened almost immediately after my high school graduation my Great Uncle Bubba- who was my great grandfather by proxy- passed away.
Although I had to learn much about being an RA, it gave me confidence in my abilities and boosted my self-esteem. I was able to positively affected students’ lives through intentional programming. Following my summer placement, I utilized my newfound confidence during my audition and made the top choir. During my senior year, I was transitioning out the college as I prepared for interviews and reflected on my past experiences. The disconnect of moving off campus escalated the transition out because I was no longer a traditional on-campus student.
He was going to come out of his retirement to teach my ag class for my senior year. I was beyond happy. Mr. Lemons, out of the kindness in his heart, came back to teach another year just for me. My senior year was complete. He has been the biggest inspiration to me and my family.
I spent years preparing for my study abroad, and with the great help of the Turner family, Ms. Joy Fitzpatrick who is the international student program coordinator, and my parents, I entered America as an international student on March 11, 2001, only one week after my high school graduation in Japa... ... middle of paper ... ...y just few weeks ago on May 17. My grandfather was full of ambition and care for his family, and he especially loved me as his granddaughter. I was able to make this speech because I do believe that my grandfather will be sitting in the first row and listening to my speech at this very moment. He kept his promise to be alive until I have become twenty years old, so it is now my turn to promise him to carry on his spirit and all the knowledge and wisdom he had taught me. And more than anybody else, this honor goes to my dearest Turner family and my parents and family in Japan for making it possible for me to experience this incredibly astounding journey in America.
I earned volunteer hours as a member of the County High Students in Philanthropy organization. I joined Students in Philanthropy my junior year in high school mostly because I wanted it on my college applications but partly because my mom has a part of the organization when she was getting her degree. My mom loved being a part of Students in Philanthropy and so I thought it would be the best choice for me. I had no clue just how much fun I would have over the course of two years. I definitely did not expect to become a member of State College’s Students in Philanthropy when I started college two years ago, however I am now a member and I love it.
Personal integrity or being true to myself is one of many indispensable characteristics that continues to be a driving force in my life. Upon completing my undergraduates at Texas A&M, there have been two factors that have played a role in why my GPA is below a 3.0: being a transfer/freshman student, and suffering from an illness. First, I went to college at the age of fourteen, while also attending one of Dallas’ best high schools- Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Early College. Although most people that I know have all claimed that that was a wonderful opportunity- which it was, for it did enable me to attain my Associate 's degree before my high school diploma. Nevertheless, it also had a negative effect on me.
September 5, 2010 is one of my most vivid days yet to remember. I remember that day like it was yesterday. That was the day I left home. Before then I was a free spirited teenager thinking that I had my life already planned out. In my plans I would have graduated from high that year and then go on to college to study business administration, and meanwhile get a part-time job as well.