However, the experience that I went through between the period of my high school and community college has totally changed my life. I used to living in Oakland and went school there. When I was a freshman in high school, I did not realize how important education is, plus the pressure that added on me from my parents and the environment that surrounds me, I did not wanted to be serious about school at all. My parents always wanted me to take my time to study and telling me the importance of education, but I believed that people can become successful without education. Therefore, under the ordering of my rebellious heart, I started skipping classes and became lazy about school.
I remember the teacher calling my parents one day to set up a conference about what strategies they could use at school and home to help me grasp the contents of both reading and writing. At that point I was then diagnosed with a learning disability in both reading and writing as well as mathematics. At the end of my first grade year the teacher and principal advised my parent to hold me back into the first grade or otherwise I would fail the second grade due to lack of reading and writing skills, So like most caring parents would do, mine chose to hold me back to see if I would improve on reading as well as writing. It was extremely hard for me because at this age I was being made fun of for not being like the other students. My second year in the first grade began, my new teacher had set me up with a resource
An accomplishment is what builds the self-esteem. As a child I still faced challenges, failure and accomplishment. Throughout elementary school I struggled with my grades. My parents always tried to work with me to become a better student. I had to spend more time on school work then the other kids.
No matter how hard I worked, I was “average.” Fast forwarding to junior year, in my honors pre-calculus class I had one of the oldest, most feared teachers in my high school who happened to love both of my brothers. I can remember studying for hours upon hours, night after night just not understanding the material- something did not click and still not doing very well in that class. My father joined in hoping he could help and so together we conquered homework, study sessions, but my tests did not prove any testament to this hard work. So by this point, not only did I feel I was a disappointment to my parents, but I felt I was a disappointment to the teacher who had once loved my family and had hope in the future. My senior year was significantly easier than my junior year, not
Dyslexia makes it harder for me to read, spell, comprehend, and remember information. Growing up, the public school system marked me as a student who would not succeed in college life and had no reason to be prepared for college. I had an IEP for almost all of my schooling, which meant I was able to get extra help on classes and more time on testing. The school system never really followed through with my IEP and told me that I was just fine without it. Since the school felt I was performing so well on my own in academic classes, they talked my mom and me into doing away with my IEP.
Throughout school, I suffered from test anxiety. Taking standardized tests always stressed me out and I would perform much lower than my grades suggested I was capable. Because of my low SAT scores, I worried that I would not be accepted into the college of my choice, but over time I have realized that my positive attributes can offset my low test scores. Working with high school students, I would love to guide students burdened by test anxiety find ways to overcome their fears. During high school, I had a supportive parent who expected me to go to college, which has presented me with a multitude of opportunities.
“Cultural capital maintains group identity and distinctive cultural boundaries” (Carter: 2005: 49). Being raised in Los Angeles Country, I have seen many of my friends and family struggle with the education system. I knew being a minority in this country it would be difficult to move up in the hierarchy if I did not display dominant cultural capital. Attending a low-income school where students do not feel attached or engage because they are labeled “dumb” for taking ELD (English Language Development) courses had an effect in most students. I took ELD courses up until my junior year in high school.
The only way I became a better person is because I had to have someone push me down in order for me to rise back up. Throughout my life, I was constantly nagged on and pushed down by people because they did not believe I would have the ability to be successful and finish my education. My parents have always doubted my abilities to become academically successful, because of the way I act at home. Since grade school till this day, they have told me that I would not make it and I need to change, but I have proved them wrong, like when I finished Elementary, Middle, and High School. The times I had to prove to them, was in grade school when they got mad at me for getting an achievement award, then in middle school when they would constantly push me to do my homeland school work, and in high school when I did
With the need of workers with a high dreger who can we be letting people with the education and patient not work. Why do so may find the need to keep the american dream out the reach of many who worked hard for it. The story of so many high school student not be able to attend the school of their dream because they are not ligalal. This is a story I hear often one of a student who has worked so hard and has been able to get good grades be the first in their family to graduates and have no where to go. Some do make it to college, community college that is where they have to work and study because they don't get the help they deserve.
I needed a little time to adapt to high school before I could improve my grades. During this time, my parents became upset because I brought home a report card that was not as good as they were expecting. Then I really noticed the pressure getting higher and higher. I did not only notice this with me, but I noticed this with many of my friends. I heard phrases like “My parents are going to kill me” and “I'm going to be grounded for 10 years” many times so when the opportunity to do research on this came up, I chose this as my subject.