It wasn’t the hard class or the teacher or my studying style, but it was my mentality that was holding me back. I thought that what I had was confidence, when it was really just arrogance. That arrogance blinded me from the fact that AP calculus BC isn’t a typical high school course, it’s an actual college level course. It dawned to me that
I am able to relate to people and work hard to make the experience I am participating in rewarding for all individuals involved. Throughout my educational path, I have observed and participated in a variety of different areas involving caring for others. Each opportunity was unique and impacted me in different ways, making me the person I am today. Volunteering at a summer camp with children with muscular dystrophy taught me the importance of communicating with others and the value of patience. Interacting with patients in a hospital setting gave me the opportunity to distract patients and make their stay at the hospital more tolerable.
So, for about two years, I attended Eden Grove middle school. This was an all guys school where I felt much more confident with the people I was surrounded by. It brought me to become a stronger individual. I have overcome my shyness and my personality has developed with much more confidence. Having been that I was so shy is definitely something that I would
Upon entering college, I believed that I was ready to undertake the rigors of this new burgeoning experience. As I began to settle into life in college I became uneasy and uncomfortable. I found my workload to be extremely overwhelming and my brimming schedule did not afford me the opportunity to seek assistance when I needed it. I was unable to attend tutoring and study sessions because they overlapped with classes of equal importance. This soon translated into a decrease in my grades.
Have you ever tried something out your comfort zone? All year Clorinda has been waiting to try out for volleyball. Then her mother wanted her to try out for cheerleading because she was once was a cheerleader. Clorinda wasn't really mad with the decision but she was just kind of scared trying something new. Everyone tells Clorinda it would be a good idea to try it, but Clorinda does doubt herself from time to time.
I learned how to adapt to the individual needs of students to provide them the best education. Like students with a communication disorder, many of my students would shy away from activities or tasks because of obstacles. Through these experiences, I watched my students gain the confidence to participate in activities and excel in academics to become successful individuals. As a future Speech Language Pathologist, many qualities that I possess can be improved by furthering my education.
My freshman year of high school was difficult for me to adjust to and I did not perform to the best of my ability on my biology honors midterm. Due to this discrepancy, I was unable to be accepted into the Science Honor Society in junior year. Although disappointed that a singular grade had the ability to decide a part of my future two years later, I continued to work hard, especially in my science courses. Junior year, I decided to challenge myself and take an AP Physics course, even though I had never taken a physics course prior. This class was excruciatingly demanding and a new experience for someone who had never taken an AP class before.
It was my family’s legacy of determination, dedication and perseverance that had fueled me to face and overcome the stereotypes that were imposed on me in high school. During my junior year, I enrolled in AP Calculus with the indefatigable support and encouragement of my parents. Initially, this class was a nightmare due to the academic expectations and amount of assignments. I often doubted in my own ability to succeed in the class. I found inspiration and internal motivation to continue the battle by observing my industrious and diligent parents.
In my first three years of high school, I have had many struggles that have taken me on a different track than what I expected. My freshman year I had received four concussions. Some of these were sports related while others just happening by accident. These accidents left me missing tons of school and made me fall behind. Classes were hard to keep up with mentally as well as emotionally.
Throughout high school I have tried to take classes that were not only challenging, but would also be relevant to my future. I have taken nine AP level classes since sophomore year, and I have thrived in the difficult coursework that is meant to be college level. So far, I have proven my hard work and dedication by passing all of the AP tests thus far. I have also taken advantage of the advanced math coursework that is two years ahead than normal. I began this track since the fifth grade, and I continued and progressed all these year.
Some may take the easy way out, but others challenge themselves and take on what the world throws at them. Even though they may not achieve the results they would like, they keep pushing themselves and don’t give up. Not everything in life comes easily, so some sacrifices have to be made for the long run. Of course there will be those whose only goal is to just pass, nothing less, nothing more, but there will also be those who go above and beyond. We, as AP students, know that for a successful career, college is the first step and colleges look for students who challenge themselves in a tough course rather than getting a 100 in a regular course.
I believe that every student can excel in academics, and the only thing that stops them is motivation and guidance. In high school, I am part of the tutoring program that helps students with math and science. This year, I tutored a student who struggled in geometry. The challenge for him was that he was a visual learner and his teacher lectured him, but did not use any hands on activity to demonstrate a lesson. I solved his problem by showing him how to solve the questions using different diagrams and encouraging him to use strategies such as elimination to increase his test scores.