While following the rules kept me out of trouble, it did not always help me academically. My second grade teacher told me that “if you did not know the word, skip it.” This incident helped me to become the fifth grade student who could only read at a first grade level.
I would still be behind today if it were not for my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Ashmore who motivated me to improve my reading level. I ended up seeking help from my third grade teacher Mr. Mertin who helped me improve my reading skills to a sixth grade reading level. For this accomplishment, I received the Principles Award at Coral Canyon Elementary school. This is when I started to understand that failure was not a tragedy, but an opportunity to improve my mistakes into achievements.
Then the Recession of 2008 hit hard in St. George, Utah causing my father to be laid off and become unemployed on and off for two years. This was a stressful time in our lives, but it also brought my dad and I closer together since he was “Mr. Mom” at the time; however, my father know it was time for a drastic change. With the urging of a friend, my dad packed up his tool box and drove to Williston, North Dakota with no job and no place to live. He took a leap of faith to save our family and the day he arrived, he got a job and a place to live. It was heartbreaking having him...
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...est in math and science and plan to receive my degree in Chemical Engineering with a teaching option in hope that I could develop the next lithium ion battery, invent a new material to replace plastic, or develop a new liquid to replace soda. I love sharing math and science with the college students I am tutoring and have specifically enjoyed helping out a disabled college student. Students are extraordinary in their own way and finding out how to help them remember a math equation is a beautiful gift that I want to share with the world.
As you can see, there were many people who influenced my life, each of them are the reason that I will be graduating from Montana State University Billings with my Associate of Science degree, attaining my diploma from Billings West High School, and earning my seminary diploma from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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