I began college as a freshman at Central Michigan University thinking I was going to become an elementary teacher. I knew I wanted to make an impact on peoples lives but after my first week of classes, I remember telling myself becoming a teacher is not how I wanted to do it. I went to my counselor and added a social work course to my schedule. I had finally found courses I enjoyed taking and academically excelled in. Which brings me to where I am now, pursuing my degree in social work.
Our daughter Nikki Chehrazi is in her final year at Stratford Middle School and is anticipating a memorable high school experience. We have always been involved in her education by communicating frequently with her teachers, as well as monitoring her progress everyday. As parents, our criteria for choosing the right high school are the academic reputation, the curriculum, and the extracurricular activities. A strong curriculum is essential for college readiness. However, we highly value the impact of the school’s social environment on the students’ lives and their future success.
When we taught together I do recall her having a heavy focus on vocabulary in her science class. She developed a vocabulary game called, “Last Man Standing” to help the kids not only understand vocabulary words, but also the parts of words. I always saw the positive impact it had on students’ success, but never understood why she had such a heavy focus on it. After our interview I now understand the why and it makes perfectly good sense. I then began to wonder what strategies could we, as a school, provide for our parents to help them support their child’s vocabulary development?
I struggled with my education since the age of nine. I lived in an abusive home for three years while changing schools constantly and later being transferred into the foster care system until my mother gained full custody of my siblings and I. Thanks to my counselors, I was able to focus my mind on my education. They always believed in me and guided to take the appropriate steps through my education and through my personal relationships. I have jumped obstacles and I will continue to thrive for success.
I wish not to base my level of successfulness on the amount of money I earn or receive, but on the amount of heart I give to others and my work. Over the next thirty years my success will be reflected by a number of significant milestones that will lead me into a career in the music industry. The hard work and values my Ghanaian immigrant parents instilled in me has led to my academic success as I was constantly reminded of the value of education. Pushed to do better everyday, my parents were successfully able to build up a strong work ethic in me. That work ethic has been reflected through academic letters, band letters, placement in debate meets, leadership positions, and scholarships earned in high school.
Ms. Bussue understands that, like with any student, not everyone has a perfect home life so she takes it upon herself to help build their self esteem as best she can in the classroom. The program also works to widen the students social circle in three ways: by having them mingle with Rosedale students in the Bridges club at least two times a month, participate in social time on Fridays in class, and also by giving them the opportunity to be mentored by the students at Branksome Hall, an all private girls school located near Sherbourne. Not even halfway through our interview I had a clear perception of who Ms. Bussue was and that was a woman who is very invested in making sure her students are able to succeed on their own; a teacher who wants the best for them. While my introduction to the class was brief I found that my interview was able to shed light on the work and effort put into the program run by Ms. Bussue and Ms. Banfield here at Rosedale Heights School of the
I had no choice but to learn how to deal with conflicting thoughts and feelings about the person I once admired. I developed healthy ways to manage my stress and one of those ways was therapy; I begged my mother to let me take it. I also learned to focus all the negativity into something positive. My academics. Although my freshman year wasn't perfect I managed to keep at 3.0 average that year, while having to adjust to what it felt to me at the time, a new
Maybe I am a bit distracted at times during lessons but believe me I have almost always tried to do my best in everything I do in specific my classes. Throughout my life I have been a 2.5 to 3.0 (gpa) student and had maybe a couple of F letter grades since my freshman start at Dinuba High School. I have high hopes of going to Reedly my college though it has always been a goal for my family but most importantly for myself. What I am saying is that I truly believe that I have the qualifications needed to make it to the college I have always thought about going. I am very optimistic about my future and see myself being accepted into Reedly college it is one of my dreams and until I see the day they really won 't accept me I 'll never
I am applying for a place to study social work because I have always wanted to be able to make a difference to people's lives. With social work I believe I can do this in a caring and supportive way. Many of my life experiences have led me to who I am today. The first thing I remember that caught my attention was how my cousin would always stay with my family. He would be spent weeks with at my house without contract with his parents.