Achieving College Success

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I have grown tremendously and believe that I have made my greatest leaps in maturity over the past couple of years. Since I have jumped from highschool to college I have learned that two things mainly determine the success of a college career. Discipline and responsibility are two of the major key factors to a successful college career. I have always known the importance of the two but it was not until college that I feel I developed the mindset to efficiently and consistently apply them to my schoolwork. I have always been very determined and ambitious even as a never settling for not achieving my goals or maximizing my potential. I am not saying that I have never fallen short but instead am implying that I never let my short comings…show more content…
I was also taught this by my parents and family even though very few of them attended college. The right principles have always been instilled in me so it is only a matter of me applying them for the results to come. My freshman year I took all early classes, mostly general education courses. Some classes I did well in while my earlier ones I struggled to maintain consistent and prompt attendance. I also realized that in college most classes give little to no homework and most of your grade is based on attendance, participation and tests. Long lectures were somewhat new to me but the vigorous note taking was what I fell short in. I took scarce notes that did not benefit me much when it came to studying for tests. I had classes that I were failing in the middle of the semester and being new to college I did not think to drop them. I ended up with 2 failing grades in my first year of college. I had some classes that I thought were going to be “easy” classes and went in unprepared. I ended the year with a low gpa and was very disappointed in myself because I knew that I was much better than what my performance showed. It was all solvable by just being disciplined and…show more content…
I feel that Mizzou is the best place for me to do this. By being a Missourian, I am aware of Mizzou’s prestigious record and anonymous reputation around America as being one of the top public universities in the country. I also did my research and found Mizzou to be the best choice for me to earn my degree in Health Science being that they are ranked as one of the top schools in that major. Being my home state university it only makes sense for me to take advantage of the great opportunity in my backyard. I come from a lower-middle class urban family and have been raised around peers who share the same background. I am aware of the stereotype that lower class minorities (mainly males) are mostly uneducated, ignorant, lazy, and have no ambition. This is one of the reasons that drives me to want to be as great as possible not only for myself but for my family as well. I also know that many of the minority youth who come from the urban core feel that they are bound to certain limits and don’t realize their potential or are afraid to attempt to unlock it. This is why I feel that it is my duty to be an example. I want to show the youth that where you start in life does not determine where you will end up. I yearn to be an example for those who run into obstacles in their journey or don 't reach their expectations on their first try that their outcome
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